Support Groups


Newly Diagnosed with Cancer: Cancer Warriors Support Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the AHEC conference room at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  Call 828.326.2176 for more information.

Kids Whose Parent/Grandparent Has Cancer: PALS (Providing Awareness, Love and Support) This group helps the whole family learn facts about cancer and treatments, talk about feelings, and meet others  in a similar situation. The PALS group meets monthly for support/educational program when CLIMB is not in session. Please call 828.326.3397 for more information.

Life Goes On Cancer Support Group meets the third Monday of each month (except December) at 6pm at Carolina Surgery and Cancer Center. All cancer patients along with their families and friends are invited. No pre-registration is required.  No charge for the program. For more information call 828.485.2300 ext. 6202.

Hearts of Hope Cancer Support Group meets the last Tuesday of the month (except October and December) at 6:30pm in the Hospital Classroom on the lower level of Catawba Valley Medical Center. Call 828.326.2176 for more information.


The Pregnancy Loss Support Group of Catawba Valley meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at the Catawba Valley Behavioral Health building on 1st Avenue NW in uptown Hickory. For more information call 828.695.4499 or email

Bariatric Surgery Support Group A support group/education session for Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy patients from 6:30pm to 8:00pm the first Monday of each month. No pre-registration required. Contact Libby Shaver for more information at 828.326.2082.

Young Persons with Diabetes Support Group meets one Thursday evening every other month. To find out the next meeting date or obtain more information, call the CVMC’s Center for Diabetes Control at 828.326.3442.

Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the CVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation lobby. Open to stroke survivors, family members and caregivers. For more information, please contact Heather Bissell at 828.326.3046. Pre-registration is requested.

The Better Breathers Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the Wellness Center meeting room beside the Outpatient Rehabilitation Building on the CVMC campus. It is designed to educate patients, their family members and those in the community who struggle with COPD. For more information, please contact Lisa Powell, RRT, RCP at 828.326.2567.

Turning Failure Into Success – Heart Failure Support Group meets the first Tuesday, every three months, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Health First Center located on Tate Blvd. next to Catawba Valley Imaging Center. Come and learn how to successfully manage lifestyle changes to promote better living with heart failure! Program is free! All of those living with heart failure, their family members and caregivers are welcome to attend! For more information, please contact Amber Hice RN, BSN, Heart Failure Coordinator at 828.326.3997.

Adults with Diabetes Support Group meets the first Tuesday, every two months, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the lobby of CVMC’s Center for Rehabilitation. For more information, please contact the CVMC Center for Diabetes Control at 828.326.3442.