Boston

Support Group meetings begin at 7:00 pm EST, and are held at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on the 5th floor of the Shapiro building. Support groups are open-enrollment. To register, please email us at events@natfonline.org.

Upcoming Boston Support Group Meetings

  • September 22, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • November 19, 2020
  • December 17, 2020

History of NATF’s Blood Clot In-Person Support Groups

Mark Lindsay discusses the impact that NATF’s In-Person Blood Clot Support Group has had on his recovery.

For 24 years Dr. Samuel Z. Goldhaber (NATF President) and Ruth Morrison, RN, BSN have held a monthly venous thromboembolism (VTE) support group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A typical meeting has between 10-15 patient attendees. Our attendees represent all stages of recovery: some have suffered a thromboembolic event decades ago and enjoy coming to the meeting to learn new information and lend support to other patients; others are newly diagnosed and still overwhelmed with their diagnosis and the onslaught of new information. We’ve enjoyed a diverse mix of both men and women and young and elderly patients (ages range from 17 to well into the 80s). The feedback we receive from our attendees is that the support group has been invaluable to their recovery, both physically and mentally:

  • “Having a doctor explain the new drugs on the market in a way I can easily understand has helped me to have discussions with my doctor about the best treatment for me.”
  • “Knowing that life goes on pretty much as before for the vast majority of patients with only minimal daily inconveniences is comforting.”
  • “I like hearing about the current status of research in this area.”
  • “It was extremely beneficial for me to hear that others had similar fears that I had. Just being able to express these fears and feelings to others was a tremendous help to me.”