Our Support Groups

Support Group Updates During COVID-19:

Although we can’t host in-person events in the near future, lung cancer continues to disrupt lives, and the families we serve continue to need help. A Breath of Hope is practicing physical distancing, not social distancing and with this in mind, we invite you to join us at a virtual support group or patient education class in the coming months. Group meetings will be hosted on the following dates for up to 15 participants per meeting:

  • Grief and Loss Support Group for anyone experiencing grief and loss related to lung cancer. 
    • February 4, 2021: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Art Therapy with Tessa Larson                                                                                                                      
    • December 10, 2020: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Holiday Healing – Guest facilitator: Kelly Grosklags
    • November 2, 2020: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Ritual Creation and Importance – Guest facilitator: Anne Murphy
    • October meeting: Cancelled
    • September 23, 2020: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Dr. Natalie Marr PsyD, LP
  • Survivor Support Group for Women who have experienced a lung cancer diagnosis. 
    • February 15, 2021: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Guest Facilitator: Teri Kast, RN                                                                                                                                                                     
    • January 25, 2020: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 
    • December 14, 2020: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Teri Kast, RN
    • November 16, 2020: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Teri Kast, RN
    • October 12, 2020: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • September 21, 2020: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud & Teri Kast, RN, U of M
  • Survivor Support Group for Men who have experienced a lung cancer diagnosis.
    • February 2021: Topic and Date TBD
    • January 26, 2021: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Guest Facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • December 15: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • November 17: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • October 20: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • October 6: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • September 29: 6:00-7:30 p.m.. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
  • Patient Education Series: This is the start of a Patient Education Series that will continue once regular support groups resume. Patients, caregivers and friends of lung cancer patients are all welcome to attend.
    • February 11, 2021: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Advance Care Planning for Your Total Health Including Your Assets with Deborah Laxson (Part 3)
    • March 11, 2021: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Fact-Based Conversations with Loved Ones with Deborah Laxson  (Part 4)                                                    
    • January 28, 2020: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Discussion on The Many Roles of Patients and Caregivers with Deborah Laxson (Part 2)
    • January 14, 2020: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Discussion on The Many Roles of Patients and Caregivers with Deborah Laxson (Part 1)
    • December 9, 2020: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Art Therapy with Tessa Larson
    • December 3, 2020: 7-8:30 p.m. – Laughter Yoga with Mary Margaret Anderson
    • November 12, 2020: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – From Stigma to Sexual Health with Narjust Duma, MD, UW Madison
    • November 10: 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Life Transitions and Loss with Kelly Gosklags 
    • October 29: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Covid-19 & Winter – Teri Kast, RN

All of the above sessions are available for up to 15 attendees at no cost to participants. Please RSVP via email or call 952.456.2845 to receive login instructions.


Each group offers opportunities for learning, discussion, and support and is led by professional, certified facilitators.

Grief Group:

Because of the pandemic, ABOH grief groups will meet for 90 minutes monthly via Zoom. Each meeting will start with a presentation focused on a specific topic and led by a professional.  The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the topic and a chance for men, women, and adult children to talk about their own journeys and challenges, as they feel comfortable sharing. The small groups offer a more intimate place for personal discussions among those grieving for a loved one.


Women’s Survivor Group: 

For women who have been diagnosed with lung cancer to meet with others who understand their journey and challenges. This group meets monthly from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to ambassador@abreathofhope.org or 952-405-9201.


Additional Resources/Groups: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation supports local lung cancer groups in the Twin Cities and offers information on cancer support groups open to all cancer patients and their families.