Testimonials

Asian woman wearing pink and white with long brown hair living with chronic illness attending a web-based support group
What attendees say about our support groups

"Extremely supportive wonderful group environment created by very skilled and genuinely caring facilitator. Very very grateful for the meeting. Thank you."

- Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"Kerry does a great job in bringing us safety to just speak our truth and we support each other." - Living with Rare Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"(It was) helpful to understand how to approach mindfulness to manage a chronic illness. Reassuring to know that there is neuroscience research to help explain the mind/body responses to chronic illness/pain/suffering." - Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"Great group as always. I enjoyed the conversation and art exercise today. I like when there's some direction and it's something new like this breathing doodle. Jess is so validating and chronic illness-informed, which I very much appreciate. She holds space for everyone while giving gentle feedback or redirection if needed." - Creativity and Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee
 

"I was very impressed and excited to be in this support group. Also, hopeful and encouraged to return next month. Thank you!' - Supporting African Americans Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"This was a great first experience for me, Thank you for making this available, I'll be back for sure. Thanks!!" - Living with Rare Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"I love this group! Carrie and the participants are awesome and I look forward to seeing them every month!" - WA State Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"Thank you so much for providing this! This has changed my view of breathing exercises and I hope I can make a positive impact on my life with these helpful techniques. I can't wait for our next session!" - Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"Thank you for a smoothly run group." - Living with Rare Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee


"It was my first meeting but I liked the group and felt lighter afterwards. I do wish it was more often than once a month. It helps hearing you are not the only one." 

- Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"I've enjoyed that I can come with different energies and still feel included. Today I was quiet because I have symptoms affecting my mouth and concentration. Being allowed to relax and listen and not being put on the spot was super relaxing. Thank you, Jess." - Creativity and Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"It was like you read my mind on what I am going through on a day to day base. I look forward to learning more in this group." - Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"I thought the meeting was both helpful and both well facilitated with a large amount of very honest / active participating from nearly all attendees. I very much appreciated this group. Thank you." - Living with Rare Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"I love this group; I love feeling supported by others who are facing the same challenges that I am and having a space to create and explore." - Creativity and Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"So nice to know there are others out there that know what we are feeling. Although some have an illness(es) that others do not, we still know how crappy it makes your body feel." - Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"It made me feel connected and at peace." - Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"This group is awesome! I always leave with a smile on my face, feeling less alone, and more supported. I love the participants and Carrie Pope is an AWESOME facilitator! She's a great listener and can cull important concepts from people's stories into a succinct sentence or two without making it feel trite or unimportant. She's non-judgmental and highly supportive. Plus, she has a way of getting everyone to open up and talk -- perfect for a support group!" - WA State Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"It is comforting to see and hear from people who understand the challenges of living with chronic pain and illness." - Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendees

"This support group was extremely cathartic. The facilitator was professional and empathetic. She was able to read the group well. The group cohesion was impressive for an online group. I will definitely attend again." - Living with Rare Chronic Illness Support Group Attendees

"Bartja's warmth and depth of caring are so genuine, he is always well prepared with a well structured meeting that is informative and educational both in theory and in practice, thank you so much for the gift of this meeting tonight. So helpful." - Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"Love this group as always! Jess is fantastic. Great prompts. Felt seen and validated in discussion. Feeling better after this meeting. I hope it continues as long as possible. It's a highlight of my week." - Creativity and Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"This was my first time at this support group. Great place to hear about other's struggles, and helped me to see things in my life, in a different light. Very helpful, and thankful for a place like this to come back to, where I can share more of my difficulties in health. Thank you!!" - Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"Very positive experience. Looking forward to next time." - WA State Living with Rare Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"I will say I’ve been on the verge of despair since afternoon today, this helped me experience relief during our time together, relief in the body which has been so overburdened today with grief , sadness, loss . I did not expect it and experienced this as a true gift. I am so grateful . Thank you dear Bartja." - Living Mindfully with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee

"It's been such a blessing to be able to continue to meet during the pandemic. I would have missed our group a lot if we hadn't been able to switch to the online format." - Living with Chronic Illness Support Group Attendee