Circle of Friends
The histiocytic disorders are formidable enemies, and the diagnosis of these rare diseases can be bewildering, frightening and isolating. The need to connect with other patients and families who share the fight is immeasurable.
In 2010, the Histiocytosis Association established “Circle of Friends” to encourage the creation of local support networks for patients and families within the broader histiocytic community. Circle of Friends groups meet regularly to provide one another with emotional support and offer practical coping skills and strategies. By sharing knowledge and experiences, patients and families can find strength, understanding and comfort. Circle of Friends meetings are hosted by Association volunteers who receive guidance and training from the Histiocytosis Association. These member-run, self-help groups are now operating in cities and towns across the United States.
Check out the list of upcoming Circle of Friends meetings. If there is not an existing group in your area, consider starting one and visit the Become a Volunteer page.
See where meetings took place in 2011 and 2012.