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Physical Illnesses

Browse at your leisure. Each site listed is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. This page will be updated often.

Gilda’s Club of Western PA is a club that provides social and emotional support for those living with cancer or those who lost a loved one from cancer and their family/friends. This is a free, nonprofit organization. I learned of this site through my professor. I completed a self-exploration assignment and disclosed my current grieving over the recent lost of my grandmother. She died of an unknown form of cancer. I checked out the site, and this may be a club that my mother and I will join. This club offers support groups, networking groups, and lectures and workshops. What I like most is that an oncology nurse founded the club. So, she knows and understands the medical aspect of cancer and the emotional piece the comes with a cancer diagnosis. +Channing+

Shepherd Wellness Community offers compassionate care, support, and assistance to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Since its beginning in 1987, this community program/center has given hope to people affected by the disease. The main focus is on improving the quality of life for their community members. Treating one another with dignity and respect, personal responsibility, positive social interaction, and promoting healthy lifestyles are all paramount goals to SWC. SWC has social service staff to assist with van transportation to medical appointments, as well as supports to ensure that the basic human needs of food, clothing, and shelter. The website has a link to download a membership form. Membership is free, but some costs can be associated with community outings such as theatre trips or Kennywood outings. Fees can be waived with income verification. Also, a medical condition verification form is included with the registration forms. I like that the website has an updated calendar of support groups, educational programs, community diners, and recreational happenings. This website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in local supports for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. I have personally referred clients to SWC. The feedback from individuals whom I have referred is that SWC honestly cares about their community. +Stacey+

  • Counseling Department
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.