Bosom Buddies: Breast Cancer Support Group

Date(s): 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month
Time(s): 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, 3rd floor, classroom PCU-B

Bosom Buddies is an organized support group for anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, whether it was several years ago or yesterday. Participants may be in remission or receiving treatment.

We offer answers to your questions and encourage you to take charge of your lives through special programs and discussions pertinent to the needs of participants.

For more information, call (850) 315-7889 or Chirley Carnes at (850) 651-0244.

Cancer Support Group

Date(s): 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month
Time(s): 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, 4th floor, Cancer Care Center Resource Room

Feeling overwhelmed or confused? Have questions or just need someone who cares? This is for you! This program, sponsored by The Cancer Care Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, is open to the public, any cancer patient, and/or family.

For more information, call (850) 315-7889.

Diabetes Support Group

Date(s): 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time(s): 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

A support group session where guest speakers discuss topics and answer diabetes related questions. For more information, call (850) 863-7604.

Folks with Strokes

Date(s): 2nd Tuesday every other month (starting in January 2011)
Time(s): 11:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, 4th floor Boardroom

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Date(s): 2nd Thursday each month
Time(s): 7:00pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, 3rd Floor, Classroom A

The Cancer Care Center at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center hosts the Man-to-Man Education and Support Group. Participants learn about prostate cancer and discuss topics relating to its treatment, side effects, and how to cope with the disease.

To register for this support group, please call Tom Alexander at (850) 651-2326.

Look Good... Feel Better

Look Good...Feel Better teaches beauty techniques to women cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.

Look Good...Feel Better is a free, non-medical, product-neutral program offered in partnership with the American Cancer society, the national Cosmetology Association, and the Personal Care Products council Foundation, a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic and personal care products industry.

Location: Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
For more information or to pre-register, please call (850) 244-3813.

Resolve Through Sharing (RTS)

RTS is a national support group that is designed to provide support to families who are grieving the loss of their baby from a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. We are aware that this is very emotional time for you and your needs are special.

For more information, please contact Sandi Gatling (850) 461-4080.

SIDS Support Group

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is starting a SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Support Group. SIDS is defined as the death of an infant between the ages of 1 and 12 months, that remains unexplained after a thorough investigation. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 and 12 months of age in the United States. It claims approximately 8 babies every day in America and 3,000 precious lives every year.

Experiencing the loss of a child can be devastating, not just for the parents, but for everyone who loved the child. If you or someone you know has lost a baby to SIDS, we encourage you to reach out and join our SIDS Support Group.

The SIDS Support Group will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Surgical Day Room on the 4th floor of the hospital.

For more information, please contact Sandi Gatling at (850) 461-4080.

S.P.O.H.N.C. – Support for People with Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer

Support for people with Oral, Head, or Neck Cancer will hold monthly meetings offering information, support and encouragement to newly diagnosed patients, survivors, family members and friends in a friendly forum. Educational presentations are also part of the program.

Dates, times and locations vary. Please call Ryann Ennis at (850) 863-7580 for current information.

Reach to Recovery Program

The American Cancer Society offers virtual support to help you through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. Below are some of the resources we provide. 

  • Video Chat with helpline staff - You can connect with our trained, caring helpline staff in several ways, including video chat. During a video chat, you can ask questions and get accurate, up-to-date cancer information to help you make informed health
    decisions. To schedule a chat call 800-227-2345 or visit
  • Support for Survivors and Loved Ones - Our Cancer Survivors Network (CSN) is a safe online community where survivors and caregivers share their stories, ask questions, and get support from each other. To register for a free CSN account, visit
  • Connect with a Breast Cancer Survivor - If you have breast cancer, you may want to connect with someone who knows what you’re experiencing – someone who has “been there.” Through the American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery program, you can connect online with a trained volunteer who has survived breast cancer and understands what you are going through.
  • Hair-loss and mastectomy products - The American Cancer Society’s “tlc” Tender Loving Care® program helps women with appearance-related side effects by offering a variety of affordable wigs, hats, and scarves as well as a full range of mastectomy
    products to purchase.

To learn more, visit