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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) offers support groups for eye and ear, nose and throat conditions. Members have given a forum to share their stories, ask questions, and find out about useful resources in a comfortable and supportive environment. Educational topics are also discussed.

Ophthalmology Support Groups
Macular Degeneration Support Group
Patients’ diagnoses with macular degeneration can find hope and help at NYEE’s monthly Macular Degeneration Support Group. Our support group focuses on members discussing their experience, sharing ideas and providing emotional support for on another. NYEE’s doctors and patent care staff shares information about new technologies, research into the condition and nutrition.

Meeting Information
The Macular Degeneration Support Group meets the first Wednesday of every month 2-3pm in the 3rd Floor Conference room at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai at 310 East 14th Street, New York, NY.

For more information, please contact Marcie Braverman, LCSW at 212-979-4393.

Uveitis In-Person Support Group
Newly diagnosed with Uveitis? Or living with it as a chronic condition? The Uveitis Support Group at NYEE offers coping strategies, stress reduction techniques and helpful community resources, in addition to sharing valuable concrete information on how and where to look for assistance. 
For more information, please contact Marcie Braverman, LCSW at 212-979-4393.

Otolaryngology Support Group
Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Life after a head and neck cancer diagnosis is a difficult journey. Cancer affects its victims on a variety of personal and physical levels. Patients with head and neck cancer are particularly susceptible to emotional and psychosocial problems, like depression, because of their own perceived deformity and struggle over loss of control. They often face difficulty with verbal communication and impaired social interaction.

Our support group for laryngectomees began in May 1997. We started with four patients and currently have a total of 115 patients enrolled in the group. We support a diverse group of multilingual and multicultural patients. Interpreters are available to attend the group's meetings as needed. Transportation is provided for those patients in need and lunch is served at every meeting. The participation of family members and significant others in the meetings is encouraged, since they play a very important role in the patients' lives.

A team of doctors, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, social workers, and speech pathologists attend the support group. Educational topics are discussed and problem solving is immediately done. The goal is to help each patient return to a useful role in society.

Meeting Information
The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group meets at 11am-1pm every third Monday of the month. Meetings are held at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai at 310 East 14th Street, New York, NY.

For more information, please contact Henedia (Hennie) Sirilan, RN, BSN at 212-979-4421.

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