From support groups and healthy lifestyle workshops to mind-body classes and social activities, our cancer support program is always free of charge and available to everyone. If you have cancer, or have a friend or loved one who does, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee is here for all of you!

With more than 100 activities each month at our Nashville Clubhouse, and an ever-growing list of options at our Williamson County location, there's bound to be something for you. Keep reading to learn more about the Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee Program.

Individual Counseling

Six free sessions of counseling are available to Gilda’s Club members – individuals, couples, and/or families – to address challenging situations related to cancer that are beyond the scope of support group discussions. Multiple locations are available throughout Middle Tennessee, and all sessions are with a mental health professional supervised by Gilda’s Club. Please email Felice Apolinsky, LCSW, Program Director, at felice@gildasclubmiddletn.org for more information.

Support Groups

Support groups are facilitated by licensed clinicians, and provide a weekly opportunity for shared exploration of the many emotions and challenges that come with living with cancer. Strong peer relationships are forged as members explore individual needs and identify common issues.

Networking Groups

Networking groups provide opportunities for Gilda's Club members to discuss common issues and experiences, exchange practical advice, and problem solve. Examples of current networking groups include Multiple Myeloma Group, Lung Cancer Group, Colorectal Cancers Group, Head and Neck Cancers Group, and Gynecologic Cancers Group.

Educational Lectures

Educational lectures from experts and specialists empower Gilda's Club members to acquire new skills, tools, information, and techniques for learning how to live with cancer. Lecture topics include the latest findings on cancer treatment, pain/symptom management, financial concerns, personal and family issues, etc.

Workshops and Classes

Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee offers workshops and classes almost daily and often on a recurring basis. Join us for Tai Chi, guided imagery and relaxation, glass painting, Quilting Club, guitar lessons, cooking classes, writing workshops, yoga and so much more. Details on this month's offerings can be found in our program calendar.

FREE Support for Children, Teens, and Families

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Noogieland™ is designed specifically for children and teens ages 5-17 who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Noogieland™ is named after the "noogies" that Todd (Bill Murray) gave to Lisa (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live. Aimed at educating, supporting, and connecting families impacted by cancer in any way, the free Noogieland™ program for children and families includes:

Support Groups:

Our free kids’ support groups are facilitated by licensed clinicians and provide a safe environment for kids to share their feelings. These groups are structured around providing age-appropriate cancer information, learning relaxation and coping skills, as well as building support and social connections through creative art and play. Support Groups include: IMG_5858Kid SupportTM- A day-long offering designed to provide education, creative expression, relaxation techniques, healthy communication and socialization for children who have a diagnosis of cancer or who have a loved one living with cancer. Grief Relief - A special group designated for children who have lost a loved one to cancer, this group focuses on helping children remember and celebrate family members, as well as providing them with tools to understand and process difficult emotions as they move forward.

Workshops:

Gilda's Club Middle Tennessee offers a variety of free kids’ workshops that enable kids to explore various avenues of expression, while building a community with other children who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Workshops include: Family Fun Nights - These nights are devoted to helping families having fun together. IMG_5754Creative Kids - These creative arts workshops encourage self-expression, while promoting socialization and providing an outlet for fun. Kid Connect - These gatherings are held monthly and give children an opportunity to play, socialize and engage in special activities with other children who are impacted by cancer.

Noogie Wonderland:

Traditionally offered as a day camp during the winter and summer breaks from school, Noogie Wonderland features fun themes, specialized workshops and lots of laughter for children who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. There is no fee for Noogie Wonderland and snacks are provided, but registration is required. Children ages 5-12 are invited to attend, and teens may be able to serve as Noogie Wonderland volunteers.

For more information about Gilda's Club's programming for children and families, email our Child Life Specialist Leslie Welch or call 615.329.1124.

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FREE Support for Children, Teens, and Families

Noogieland™ is designed specifically for children and teens ages 5-17 who have a loved one living with cancer, have a diagnosis of cancer themselves, or are grieving the loss of a loved one. Noogieland™ is named after the "noogies" that Todd (Bill Murray) gave to Lisa (Gilda Radner) on Saturday Night Live. With a goal of educating, supporting and connecting families impacted by cancer, Gilda's Club's free Noogieland™ program for teens includes:

008Just for Teens:

Teen Time - Teen Time brings teens together monthly to socialize with other teens who know what it is like to have cancer or to have cancer in the family.

Been There Done That - This group meets twice a month and is specifically for teens who have or have had cancer. It provides an opportunity for them to socialize and explore what it's like to navigate the changes and challenges that come with a diagnosis and treatment.

Grief Relief - This group is designated for teens who have lost a loved one to cancer and focuses on helping them remember and celebrate family members who've been lost. Grief Relief also provides teens with tools to understand and process difficult emotions as they move forward.

For more information about Gilda's Club's teen programming, email Megan Ingram Forshey, Program Manager, or call 615.329.1124.

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