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New Support Group Meeting – Lockyer Valley

Lockyer Valley Inaugural Support Group Meeting

We are delighted to announce that we are launching a new online Support Group Meeting in the Lockyer Valley area.  Our new Support Group Leader is Kim O’Donnell – you can read her story here.

Kim has a background in counselling, helps run her family business and deals with the day-to-day challenges of living with and managing Trigeminal Neuralgia.  Kim has worked through the Training Modules created by our Association to support our volunteers who are providing assistance, empathy, advocacy and education within the safety of a Support Group Meeting.

The changes imposed on us all through the two lockdown covid years, has taught us we do not necessarily need to be face to face in the physical world, to support sufferers.  We are utilising technology to enable our sufferers in Regional Areas to be able to connect and feel safe in our online space using the zoom platform and to feel part of our growing community.

The first meeting will be held on October 11th at 10.30am, a few days after our International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day on October 7th when we are lighting up cities around Australia in Teal.  In Brisbane the Victoria Bridge will be lit up on the eve of our day on Oct 6th and on the 7th the Gateway Bridges will look magnificent in Teal.  We had also put in a request to the City of Toowoomba but have not yet received a response.

If you are a Trigeminal Neuralgia Sufferer and live in the Lockyer Valley area or are in a region that as yet is not covered by our current support group network, please contact Kim, join her for her first meeting, allow her to help you in your journey.  We know that for many, this is the first step, and you don’t have to be a member to attend.

See you all there – remember

“you are not alone”

 

 

 

 

 

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