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An ovarian cancer diagnosis is life changing and provides unique challenges. No one understands that as well as another ovarian cancer survivor or caregiver and often the journey can be helped by supportive conversations with those who have “been there”.  MIOCA’s Survivor to Survivor Support Network  connects an appropriate volunteer from our network of survivors and caregivers with anyone seeking informative or supportive contact, such as newly diagnosed patients or their family members, those experiencing a recurrence or a survivor or caregiver who just feels the need to speak with another person that's had some similar experiences.
To request a one to one contact, email us at mioca.org@gmail.com or call Marcia Gurche, 586-323-0838  . Please indicate Survivor to Survivor  in the subject line and briefly describe the issues you’d like to discuss. Every effort will be made by our volunteer network to be there for you and respond in a timely manner.
Like most volunteer efforts, the Survivor to Survivor network is always interested in additional help. If you are a survivor or caregiver interested in offering a sympathetic ear and encouraging voice, please contact Marcia Gurche, 586-323-0838.


Women dealing with ovarian cancer and its effects often have unique questions and concerns. Join others just like you in these professionally facilitated groups. These free monthly groups are aimed at giving women in treatment or in remission from ovarian cancer an opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar concerns. For more information, contact Pam Dahlmann, 734-645-5473.

Ann Arbor

 Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor , 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, (734) 975-2500

Note: April 20 - Nutrition for Ovarian Cancer, featuring Melissa Shannon-Hagen, RD, CSO, Board certified specialist in oncology nutrition.  Click here for more information.

Potluck dinners for ovarian cancer survivors are held on the first Wednesday of each month.  6-7:30 pm. Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor (address above). 


Meetings are held at Genesys Hurley Cancer Institute.  MIOCA Board member, ovarian cancer survivor, and oncology nurse, Debra Frick, assists with facilitating the group.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 2:00 - 3:30 pm. - 302 Kensington Ave., Flint, MI (First floor boardroom) Call Deb Frick 810-618-5923 with questions.

Grand Rapids

Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 – 7:30pm at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, (616) 453-8300.  

NOTE: In March, we welcome Keri Spangenberg, PT, from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Keri, a STAR Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Clinician, will discuss “Sexual Concerns for the cancer survivor” including pelvic floor disorders and sexual function. We will also talk about strategies to manage Cancer-Related Fatigue, and exercise issues.  A Q & A time is included, so bring your questions! Any women with a gynecological cancer diagnosis are welcome to join us for this presentation on Tuesday, March 8, 6-7:30 pm.


MIOCA is committed to providing support to ovarian cancer patients who reside in the state. We want you to know that many of us have traveled a similar journey and are here to help.

MIOCA volunteers have assembled Survivor Support Totes which contain gifts and helpful information for women in treatment - either newly diagnosed survivors or those experiencing a recurrence. We would like to give one to you.  To request a tote, please contact Michelle Shepherd with this information: Name, Address, City/State/Zip, Primary Phone, Email, Date of Diagnosis, Age, and Stage (optional).


The support group is a combination of women at different points in time since their initial diagnosis.  It is a wonderful channel that helps a new survivor establish contact with other women as early as possible after diagnosis in order to reduce anxiety, fear and isolation. Women have the opportunity to discuss concerns and possible misconceptions related to treatment.  The special camaraderie that is shared helps survivors (newly diagnosed, those with a recurrence and long term survivors) realize they are not alone in their battle.

Monthly meetings are held at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak Cancer Center, the second Thursday of the month  . Through personal calls, monthly meetings and newsletters, One-to-One offers support to each member, whether newly diagnosed or those experiencing a recurrence. The Cancer Center is located on the southwest corner of the Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak campus 4:00 - 5:30 pm. Parking in available in the Cancer Center parking lot. Enter the main entrance of the Rose Cancer Center and follow the signs to the first floor conference room.

Registration is not required.  For more information, contact Marcia Gurche,  586-323-0838 mgurche@wowway.com or Marilyn Brozovic 248-561-2027 / brozovicm87@gmail.com 

2016 Schedule - Monthly meetings 4 - 5:30 p.m  and Special Events:

Thursday, March 10 - Conversation

Thursday, April 14 - Integrative Medicine - Mind/Body/Spirit.  Learn what can help you through a cancer journey and survivorship.

Thursday, May 12 - Conversation

Thursday, June 9 - more information to come

Thursday, July 14  - Chemo Resistant Diagnosis and New Treatments  (Dr. Gunjal Garg, GYN Oncology)