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)

BIDMC Brain Aneurysm Support Group 2019

Jan 2, 2019

Speaker: Katelyn Szafir
Topic: Physical Activity & Memory

Feb 6, 2019

Speaker: Bonnie Wong, PhD
Topic: Evaluation & Rehabilitation Following Neurologic Injury

Mar 6, 2019

Speaker: Ann M. Brum
Topic: Medical Marijuana - Is it right for you?
An open discussion/dialogue about the access and choice to medical cannabis.

Apr 3, 2019

Speaker: Deb Coulter
Topic: Brain Aneurysm Foundation Updates

May 1, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Mallory McQuillen
Topic: TBD

Jun 5, 2019

Open Discussion

Jul 10, 2019


Aug 7, 2019

Speaker: Joyce Delgardo, RMT, LMT, BIDMC Reiki Volunteer Program Coordinator
Topic: Reiki for Healing

Sep 4, 2019

Speaker: Sarah Elia, PT
Topic: Physical techniques - Needling, cupping and massage to help recovery

Oct 2, 2019


Nov 6, 2019

Topic: Prescription drug coverage
Speaker: Kathy Devine, Outreach Coordinator, Prescription Advantage Program

Dec 4, 2019


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