Adirondack

Covid Update

The IMF applauds the efforts of the volunteer leaders that conduct local myeloma support group meetings and virtual meetings.

The IMF is cautiously optimistic for local support groups to return back to in-person meetings when it’s safe in your community. We suggest that each group follow local, state and federal guidelines to help the volunteer leaders to determine when it will be safe to start meeting in-person again. The IMF will continue to provide Zoom licenses to all myeloma support groups that still meet virtually or have hybrid meetings.  Please contact the group leader for meeting details.

For additional updates on COVID-19 coronavirus, please click this link: Myeloma Patient Safety and the Coronavirus.

You may also wish to refer to www.cdc.gov for information and guidance on specifics for travel, vaccinations, variants and when/how to gather safely.

Stock Support Group Meeting

Our meetings are currently being held outside and in person at Rocksport. We will continue to do this until the weather no longer allows, then we will meet in the community room at Rocksport. We ask our members to bring a comfortable outdoor chair, if they have one, otherwise we can provide a chair. 

For information to join, please contact Kelley McAfee at 518-260-2102 or Traci Wallace at 518-772-7445 or by E-mail at [email protected].

For more information, please contact

Kelley McAfee 518-260-2102

Traci Wallace 518-772-7445

Group Email Address: [email protected]

 

Winter Weather Information:

 

In case of inclement weather, our meeting will be cancelled when Rocksport cancels their services. However, weather conditions vary throughout the region, so please use your discretion and only venture out if you feel that the roads are safe for travel. You can check the Rocksport website at https://rocksportny.com/

 

Meeting time1st Friday of each month from 2:00 - 4:00 PM (Except January and July)
Meeting Location Rocksport Indoor Climbing Center (Community Room)
54 Carey Road
Queensbury, NY 12804
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43.2932469, -73.6919266

Upcoming events

IMF Events

Sep 30
#KNOWMYELOMA Variety Show
September 30, 2021 6:00 pm PST

Support Group Events

Oct 01
Adirondack Monthly Meeting
October 1, 2021 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Nov 05
Adirondack Monthly Meeting
November 5, 2021 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Dec 03
Adirondack Monthly Meeting
December 3, 2021 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Jan 07
No meeting
January 7, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Feb 04
Adirondack Monthly Meeting
February 4, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Mar 04
Blood Drive Event
March 4, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST

Adirondack Multiple Myeloma Support Group vision, mission statement, core values and goals has been developed and accepted by its members in June 2021. This is a fluid document to be reviewed annually by the members and updated as needed. 

Vision

The vision of the Adirondack Multiple Myeloma Support Group (MMSG) strives to serve the greater Glens Falls/Adirondack geographical area. We welcome significant others/partners, family members and close friends to join the individual with Multiple Myeloma or come on their own. Adirondack MMSG promotes a compassionate environment for multiple myeloma patients to share in their journey while providing educational opportunities and support to its members through fellowship.

Mission

The mission of the Adirondack MMSG promotes education and support to myeloma patients, care providers and significant others through formal (such as the International Foundation & Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation) and informal methods (members unique experiences). We invite guest speakers to share with us medical and health related information as well as complementary and alternative therapies available to individuals dealing with a chronic disease to promote physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological well being. 

Core values

Our meetings are based on building a community of trust. This is demonstrated through compassionate sharing, demonstration of respect for one another and confidentiality among the members with the intent to build caring relationships with one another. 

The goals for the Adirondack Multiple Myeloma Support Group are to:

  1. Meet regularly to share in our myeloma journey and support one another. 
  2. Engage annually (as opportunity arises and the group determines) in the greater Glens Falls/Adirondack geographical area by an opportunity to educate the public regarding multiple myeloma.  

 

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About Us

The Adirondack Multiple Myeloma Support Group inception occurred in September 2018 by Co-leaders Kelley McAfee and Traci Wallace. Kelley reached out to Traci on a myeloma Facebook page after finding out they lived close to one another. Traci was kind enough to meet for coffee to discuss this opportunity. Thanks to Traci’s willingness to join in this endeavor and we were off and running. In our experience we have been fortunate to balance our roles to manage the support group as well as establish a great friendship in one another. Over these few years, we have welcomed many members as well as experienced the loss of some of our members due to this disease. We strive to remain positive and lean on one another to continue what we have started. 

With the support of our members and with our partners at Rocksport Indoor Climbing Center on March 4, 2020 we had our first blood drive. This was a community activity that promoted a passion we felt made a difference in our community and had the potential to benefit each of us. It also provided the members the opportunity to share their myeloma story and educate our donors on this rare incurable form of cancer. It was a wonderful experience for all involved and we exceeded expectations for the pints of blood donated. We hope to make this an annual event beginning in 2022.

 

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The International Myeloma Foundation supports March identifies Myeloma Awareness Month. To engage in this effort the Adirondack MMSG has done several things to participate on a local level. In March of 2020 several of the members created unique collages using pictures and words to represent themselves on their myeloma journey. We had these laminated and set up in our local cancer center to share with other cancer patients. In March of 2021 Kelley and Traci were interviewed by the local newspaper, Post Star, regarding myeloma, what it is and about their journey’s. 

The article can be found at: https://poststar.com/news/local/support-group-aids-people-with-multiple-myeloma-a-roller-coaster-disease/article_1f38cfd2-fcad-534d-b597-79db57a364b7.html 

 

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