Recovery (rehabilitation) from a brain aneurysm can be a challenging, lifelong process. It is impossible to predict how long it will take for improvement, or how much improvement you can expect. We do know that patients who are treated for an unruptured aneurysm generally recover more quickly, with less rehabilitative therapy, than patients whose aneurysm has ruptured. There are many steps on the road to recovery. We also know that hope plays an important part in the recovery process.

Support Groups for Patients, Caregivers, Family and Friends

The Brain Aneurysm Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers monthly support groups for patients who are recovering from brain aneurysm and AVM (arteriovenous malformation) treatment and their loved ones.

The main goal of these free, drop-in support groups is to assist patients, family members and significant others during the recovery phase of the illness following treatment for a brain aneurysm. We strongly emphasize the need to support family members and significant others who are going through a period of adjustment. Support groups provide a valuable service not only for counseling and support, but also for socializing and information sharing.

  • Admission is free
  • Refreshments are provided
  • No registration is required

For more information or to register for the BIDMC support group mailing list, please contact: Deidre Buckley, NP, at:

TIME : 11:00 am-12:30 pm
LOCATION : BIDMC Shapiro Clinical Center (East Campus), 10th Floor, Rabkin Board Room (unless otherwise noted below)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Speaker: Tammy Murray 
Topic: Acceptance and Purpose, Following Dreams and Building the Support to Get There 
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Speaker: Sarah Elia, PT 
Topic: Physical Therapy Techniques for Healing
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Speaker: Deb Coulter, Brain Aneurysm Foundation 
Topic: Preparation for the Arterial Challenge and an Update on the Brain Aneurysm Foundation 
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Speaker: Joyce Teitelbaum, Survivor 
Topic: Overcoming Adversity and Accepting New Challenges 
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Speaker: Robert Lightbourne, Medical Massage Therapist 
Topic: Benefits of Massage Therapy
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Speaker: Tsering Lama Yodsampa 
Topic: Meditation and its Magic 
Location: Lowry Medical Office Building, 110 Francis Street (East campus), 9th Floor

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Speaker: Joyce Delgardo, RMT, LMT 
Topic: Reiki 
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Speaker: Kevin Millar 
Topic: TBD 
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Speaker: Christopher Ogilvy, MD 
Topic: New Techniques to Treat Aneurysms
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Speaker: Caregivers
Topic: Open discussion
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Holiday Party
Location: Rabkin Board Room

Information on Recovery

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has a wealth of information on the recovery process for brain aneurysm covering topics such as:

  • Rehabilitation
  • What to expect
  • Types of therapy
  • Support groups
  • Patient resources