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Support Groups: Getting the Help You Need

Many of our patients find it helpful to connect with others who have experienced or are currently dealing with similar GI symptoms/diagnoses. Below is a list of support groups created for individuals like you, by individuals like you.

IFFGD does not endorse any of the following programs or organizations. These are just suggestions. Use personal discretion when choosing a support group that is right for you.

If you know of any support groups not listed here that you think others in the GI community could benefit from, please email us at iffgd@iffgd.org

United States

Northwestern University Gastroparesis Support Groups:

Hosted by the Digestive Health Center’s Behavioral Medicine Program Registration is required to attend for first-time attendees. To register, please contact Sara Hoffman Marchese – sara.hoffman@nm.org

Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

The Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders (AGMD) offers a variety of ways to connect with others in the GI community

  • Inspire: A Forum-type support group that allows you to feel comfortable and safe opening up about your patient journey
    Join here
  • Prayer Community: For some individuals, prayer is an important part of their lives.  Here, you can submit a prayer request and find comfort in knowing that others are praying on your behalf.
    Submit a prayer request
  • Telephone and Virtual Support: Each month AGMD offers support groups related to different GI disease states. You can check our their calendar of events to learn about upcoming support groups or webinars and access previous recordings. 
    See the calendar of events

My Health Teams

My Health Team has over 46 different social networks to help you connect with others living with your condition and learn from medical experts to help support you in living life to the fullest. 

Current GI networks:

  • My Crohn’s and Colitis Team, My Chronic Pain Team, My EoE Center, My Fibro Team, My Food Allergy Team, My IBS Team, My SMA Team

Check it out here

Canada

GI Society: Canadian Society of Intestinal Research

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Group
The GI Society offers virtual IBD support held on the third Wednesday of each month via Zoom at 7:00 pm PT.

Learn more

United Kingdom

The IBS Network

The IBS Network offers virtual support groups for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Click the link below to find a support group in your area.

Learn more

Still can’t find any?

If you don’t see anything below that can help, you can try calling a community hospital or a GI practice in your area, as they sometimes sponsor support groups or know of established support groups.

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