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The United Ostomy Association Inc., Northern Virginia Chapter, will host its monthly support group meeting and holiday celebrations on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Gallows Road, Falls Church, Conference rooms D-E-F (above Skylight Cafe). This is for those interested in ostomy surgery and in need of information and support. No admission fee; parking is free. For more information, telephone 703-802-3457.

Reiki for Relaxation. This experimental workshop will teach participants to use "hands on healing" to renew oneself through the ancient practice of Reiki. Dress comfortably. Monday, Dec. 2 and 9, 7:15-9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Hypnosis Screenings will be offered from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 9, 23, 30. Screenings will also be offered at the same time on the following Wednesdays: Nov. 27; Dec. 4, 11, 18. Hypnosis video included. Free. Register with Positive Changes, 4244 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-352-5042.

A suicide survivors bereavement support group for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide meets the first Tuesday of each month at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. The next meeting is Dec. 3 from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Brain Tumor Support Group meeting. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12-1:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Parents of Children with Epilepsy (Fairfax) will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 10-11:30 a.m., at the St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

Fairfax Epilepsy Group is a support group for adults with diagnosed seizure disorders and caregivers. The group will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 18, from 12-1 p.m., at the St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group will meet Dec. 4, 11, 18 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

The Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association is facilitating a free support group meeting for all Traumatic Brain Injury survivors, their families and friends at Falls Church High School on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.nvbia.org or call 703-569-1855.

Caregivers Meeting. Weekly meetings for family members to discuss and explore topics of concern including coping strategies, support, and information related to cancer. Free parking; use Blue garage. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11, 18, at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation and Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

Breast Cancer Group. Wednesdays, Dec. 4 and 18, 5:30-7 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation and Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region is sponsoring the following class for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers. Guest speaker Dr. Susan Trachman will discuss “Pharmaceutical Options for Treating Depression.” Thursday, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. Location: Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road. Free. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

Nutrition Classes, 7- 8:30 p.m. Come see how hypnosis can help a person lose weight easily and permanently. Positive Changes Hypnosis hosts informative nutrition classes on the following Thursdays: Dec. 5, 12, 19. $15. Register with Positive Changes, 4244 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. 703-352-5042.

Health, Happiness & Help through the Holidays. Utilize breathing techniques, yoga postures, chanting, deep relaxation and meditation to manifest a harmonious holiday season. Thursday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Meditation. Learn about and experience the benefits of several types of meditation. Fridays, Dec. 6, 13, 20. 1-2 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Wear loose clothing. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

La Leche League of Burke will meet on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Burke Presbyterian Church on Oak Leather Drive off Burke Center Parkway. The breast-feeding support group offers help and support to mothers who are currently breast-feeding a child or anyone who plans to breast-feed. Expectant and new mothers are encouraged to attend. The topic will be "Nutrition and Weaning: What Else Do We Feed Them?" but all questions and concerns will be addressed. The meeting is free, and babies are welcome. For additional information, contact Leslie at 703-256-2854.

Thyroid Cancer Support Group meeting. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. For more information, call 1-877-588-7904.

Advanced Relaxation and Imagery Techniques. Mondays, Dec. 9 and 23, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Spirituality Quest. This support/education group meets monthly on the second Tuesday to explore spirituality through the cancer experience. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

GYN Cancer Group meeting. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Heads Up! Education support group for current and former head and neck cancer patients and their significant others. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7 p.m., at Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation and Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church.

La Leche League of Fairfax City will be host its next meeting on Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. The topic is "Nutrition and Weaning." Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome. Meeting location is Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St. (east of Old Town Fairfax). Free. For more information or questions, call a La Leche League Leader at 703-255-6808 or 703-385-0527.

Making Your Own Book. Artist and cancer veteran Kate Purvis helps participants make and decorate their own small blank book, using simple bookbinding and special papers. Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested by Dec. 9. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Colorectal Cancer Group meeting. Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:15-8:45 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Keeping Joy in your Holidays. Experience relaxation and imagery techniques designed to lower stress and create a sense of joy, peace and serenity during the holiday season. Friday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Carcinoid Cancer Group meeting. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Writing to Wellness: One Monday a Month. Georgia Robertson, Ph.D., counselor and certified poetry therapist, facilitates this monthly writing and discussion session to help manage the challenges of living with cancer. Monday, Dec. 16, 7:15-8:45 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Young Adults with Cancer. Meet with others, age 18 to 30-something, to discuss issues such as sexuality, dating, body image, work and health insurance concerns. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30-9 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Multiple-Myeloma Group - Potluck lunch. Bring food to share (A-L main dish; M-Z dessert or salad). Tuesday, Dec. 17, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Lymphedema Group Meeting. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Lung Cancer Group Meeting. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

“After the Death of a Loved One — Handling the Holidays.” Meet for mutual support, discussion, tips on getting through the holiday season and an overview of the grief process. Registration requested. Thursday, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.

Reiki for Relaxation. This experimental workshop will teach participants to use "hands on healing" to renew oneself through the ancient practice of Reiki. Dress comfortably. Thursday, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Fairfax. Space limited; registration requested. Call 703-698-2841 or visit www.lifewithcancer.org.