Pulmonary Support Groups

A.W.A.K.E.: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic) is a support group for people with obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep and breathing disorder. The meetings focus primarily on coping with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy for sleep apnea. The meetings are educational and supportive, and typically include a guest speaker to talk on a topic relating to sleep apnea or CPAP.

Location: Hellman Conference Center, 2200 Post St.
Meetings: Third Thursday of even months, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Kimberly Trotter at (415) 885-7886
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Living Well with Interstitial Lung Disease

Provides a setting where people affected by ILD — patients, caregivers, family, friends — can come together to learn about the disease and available treatments from experts in the field, learn to make better decisions regarding their care, express their thoughts and feelings with people who understand, learn from each other and support each other in living well with ILD.

Meetings: Please call for dates and location.
Contact: Sally McLaughlin (415) 353-2577


Mount Zion Better Breathers Club

The Better Breathers Club is an American Lung Association-led support group for people with lung disease — such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis or lung cancer — as well as their families, friends and support persons. Discussion topics include managing symptoms, treatment options and strategies for enjoying life with chronic illness.

Location: 1600 Divisadero St., Room H3805
Meetings: Second Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Contact: DorAnne Donesky at (415) 476-0984 or dyspnea@ucsf.edu

UCSF Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

This support group is open to patients with pulmonary hypertension and their caregivers. The group strives to offer both peer and professional support and education and is facilitated by a clinical social worker with the UCSF Medical Center Pulmonary Hypertension Program.

Location: 505 Parnassus Ave., Room 1015 Moffitt
Meetings: Meetings held on bimonthly basis. Please call/email for schedule details.
Contact: Andrea Gergay Baird, LCSW at (415) 353-1382 or andrea.baird@ucsfmedctr.org