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  • Chicagoland and Northshore support group

    Hello,

    I am only seven months into the world of IC, and have not found a support group in the Chicagoland or Northshore area. I can think of so many benafits this would have to myself and other people who need ideas, thoughts, and support on real life dealings with family, friends, and work, etc. I am interested in starting and running a group if there is an interest. Please reply if you are interested and if you have any ideas on places to meet. Even the local bookstore or Starbucks would be fine. I would truely appericate haveing a support group and look forward to hearing from you!

  • #2
    Hi there! I feel it's important that we all support each other. I'm about 3 hours away from Chicago, so sadly I could not attend your group. But I hope there are others in your area who can. I think having a public meeting place is a good, safe choice to meet people you don't know. I wish you the best of luck starting a support group. It's so nice to read about people helping others.

    Take care!

    ICN Veronica

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    • #3
      Veronica,
      Thak you so much for your reply and vote of support, that means a great deal to me to know that someone read my message and took a minute to respond. Thank you!

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      • #4
        Hi dlw!

        I'd love to attend. Hopefully my being from Indiana won't matter. How's about having it at Navy Pier? (I'm sure it would be way too expensive to rent that banquet room-but it sure is fun to think about!)
        Jen


        "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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        • #5
          Hey, I am interested if something does get going. i am chicagoland too.

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          • #6
            I'm so happy to hear that someone is interested in a suport group! Navy piers ball room sounds like a blast! My husband has his prom there There is another person that is interested too, maybe the three of us could meet somewhere in the middle soon and just chat and share experiences??? At least it would be a start. What do you think? You can post a reply and I wont be a looser and check it more often, or you can email me at [email protected] Looking forward to hearing from you or anyone else that might be interested!!

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            • #7
              Hi Jen-Cole and others!

              I am thrilled that I have gotten such a great response for a IC support group in the Chicagoland area. Some of you have emailed me and I think the next step os for me to set a date and a place and get this thing rolling. Let me tell you how grateful I will be to meet others with IC and know that I am not alone. So as far as a date: Thursday July 31st for our first informal meeting. If people who would like to come can let me know where they are from I will find a bookstore, starbucks, something of the sort, any suggestions? where to meet. Let me know what you all think!

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              • #8
                Hey dlw!

                I just read this (it's been awhile since I looked) and unfortunately, I have a new job that I start next week-I do work on Thursday. I don't want you to change anything on my account-lemme give this some more thought. Is the 31st a definate? I can't remember what you wrote. If it's not, I can always get days off in advance. Let me know! Thanks.
                Jen


                "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                • #9
                  Hi Jen (and Gaby, and others)

                  No the 31st does not have to be THE day, I am flexiable and actually have not been feeling well lately, so finding a day for all that works is fine. Congrats on the new job! Can I ask what you are doing? Might give me some insight on the job front

                  Take care all!
                  dlw

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                  • #10
                    I am relocating to the Downers Grove, Il. area August 18th. Looking to meet fellow I.C. patients and join your support group.

                    Thanks,

                    Gary

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                    • #11
                      As far as days go for me, I think a weekday would probably be better for me-seems like most people with kids are always busy on the weekends. As long as it's not late and I have 2 weeks notice, I'm good to go.
                      As far as the job-it's Papa Murphy's. I was very flattered when I went in for my interview-they gave me the impression that they wanted to give me my own store. If I was not ill I would havegladly taken it! But I'm just a part-time manager. Definately not big bucks, but it gets me out of the house!
                      Does anyone else have suggestions as to when/where to meet?
                      Jen


                      "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                      • #12
                        Hi All,

                        Well, i guess it sounds like haveing a meeting after the 18th, so at least two weeks notice can be given to those that need it and we can include Gary sounds like a plan. Depending on how many are interested, will depend on what kind of place we will meet. Any suggestions?

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                        • #13
                          Hard to day where everyone is..I'd think something centrally located would be best. Maybe we could all let dlw know where we are coming from and then she can figure a meeting place? As far as where, I'm leaving that up to you chicagoans-I couldn't begin to think of just one place.
                          Jen


                          "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on" -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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                          • #14
                            I don't think there are any IC support groups in IL at all. I'm currently trying to start a group in the Quad City area.


                            Kelli
                            IC Angel: Proudly supporting the Children and the Elderly with IC.


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                            Revelation 21:4
                            "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."

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                            • #15
                              Hey all--
                              Yes, it says I live in Wisconsin, but I am originally from the Alsip/Oak Lawn/Palos Heights area. I come down several times a year to visit family...can I join in on your group on one of my visits? Unfortunately, no one in the northern half of Wisconsin has IC lol.

                              Hugs,
                              Jess
                              Mommy to 2 crazy, wonderful kids and wife to the most amazing man in the world!

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