Learning to cope with a spinal cord injury may be the biggest challenge ever faced by an SCI patient and his or her family. It is good to know that you are not alone in such a difficult situation. SCI support groups provide the opportunity to make friends with people undergoing similar challenges and also offer the opportunity to learn more about SCI and how to deal with it.
Different SCI groups have different focuses. For example, some groups focus on helping people recently injured cope with their altered lifestyle, while other groups focus on providing recreational activities for people with SCI. If you have the opportunity, investigate several SCI groups before deciding which you want to join. Some people may find that they benefit from belonging to more than one group.
Only one support group with open membership for all SCI patients and their families could be found in Delaware; other groups were found at Delaware rehabilitation hospitals, but these are strictly for the hospitals’ patients and their families. Because support groups change or disband without notice, please call ahead to get the group’s latest information before you make a trip to their meeting place.
You may want to consider establishing an SCI Support Group. The National Spinal Cord Injury Association can provide helpful information on starting your own support group:https://unitedspinal.org/
Delaware Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 5-7 p.m. Meetings include information presented by a speaker on issues relating to returning to all aspects of life after a spinal cord injury, as well as a time to meet and speak with other spinal cord injury survivors.
Wilmington Hospital, 6th floor therapy gym
Julie Gatchel 302-428-6689