Resident forms chronic illness support group

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Steven Prince recently formed a new support group for Canyon Lake residents who experience chronic, physical or medical challenges. Steven, who suffered five strokes, started the group to bring together people who have similar issues so they may benefit from mutual support in a safe environment. Photo provided by by Alexis Prince

Canyon Laker Steven Prince recently formed a new support group for Canyon Lake residents who experience chronic, physical or medical challenges. The group’s first meeting will be held tomorrow, Mar. 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the senior center.

The group will provide a forum for participants to share the challenges they confront in their lives as a result of their chronic conditions. “No one knows these challenges better than those confronting similar issues,” said Steven.

Steven decided to form the new group to bring together people who have similar issues so they may benefit from mutual support in a safe environment. “It’s been on my heart for quite awhile to form a group like this and to be of service to others who suffer from chronic illness,” said Steven.

The group is a support group, not a medical group. “We will be offering support, not medical advice,” said Steven. “We expect to have an honor code to maintain confidentiality of personal issues that may be shared.”

Steven will share with the group his experience of surviving multiple strokes and the daily challenges that he faces. Steven suffered a total of five strokes from May 2014 to October 2015. The strokes have left him with impaired mobility and memory, vision and hearing challenges.

Steven’s initial plan for the group is to meet on a monthly basis. “The group will take form as we go along, depending on the needs of the group,” he said.

Steven moved from Orange to Canyon Lake in December 2014. He and his wife Alexis are involved in a number of Canyon Lake groups, including the Yacht Club, Travel Club, Woman’s Club and Chair Volleyball.

To attend a meeting or for more information, contact Steven Prince at 949-293-2919.

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