Monthly Virtual GISTers Support Group

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The Life Raft Group is offering an opportunity to participate in a monthly support group for anyone diagnosed with GIST.

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The Life Raft Group is offering an opportunity to participate in a monthly support group for anyone diagnosed with GIST. The group will meet for 90 minutes via Zoom on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM EST beginning February 2nd at 6:00PM EST (NYC Time). Licensed clinical social worker, Chelsea Madia, will facilitate the group each month, which will be open to the first 15 people to enter the Zoom "waiting room" before the start of each session. Please note, we will open the waiting room 5 minutes before the start of each group.

In 2021, we have decided to keep the support group open. This means that anyone who is interested may participate, so you can expect some familiar faces, and also new faces each month. The support group will center around the practical and emotional challenges that arise from living with GIST.

If you have any questions at all, you can reach out directly to Diana Nieves at dnieves@liferaftgroup.org.

About Chelsea Madia, LCSW:

Chelsea is a licensed clinical social worker in New York, who started in the field in 2011 counseling at-risk teens at the Child Center of New York in Jamaica, Queens. After this, her work took her to the Coalition for the Homeless in lower Manhattan, where she supported mentally ill homeless adults in their quest to move into supportive housing, as well as apply for disability benefits. From there, she worked for 9 months on the Psychiatric Mobile Crisis Team at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, before being promoted to Program Manager. After spending 3 years managing the team, Chelsea was diagnosed with metastatic GIST in November of 2018. Since that time, she has been stable on Gleevec, and in the early phases of starting her own private counseling practice in New Rochelle, NY. Chelsea has facilitated the LRG's virtual GISTers support group since 2020.

Space is limited to 15 participants on a first come first served basis.

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