The information he shares is universal. When one is presented with a diagnosis of cancer, many emotions come to mind, as well as feelings of isolation. There are people out there who have been through the same experience. Many patients have found that support groups have been some of the most beneficial things to help them through a stressful time for advice or empathy.
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Work as a Team to Beat Cancer
There is an old saying: There is power in numbers. This is especially true for cancer patients. It is hard to
tackle a disease like cancer by yourself. That is why it is so important to get involved in a cancer support
group. In fact, almost any doctor will tell his or her patients that they need to get involved in a support
group. There are support groups for almost any type of cancer from the common and treatable diseases like
skin cancer to the rare diseases like mesothelioma.
They offer friendship
You may have your close friends and family already in your network, but you probably do not have
anybody who knows exactly what you are going through. In other words, you don’t really have someone
who can share your fears and anxiety and help lift you up.
You need friends that know what you are going through and can help you based on their own experiences.
Many patients who attend support groups are patients in remission. These people can tell you from first-
hand experience what things you can do to help the treatments and recovery process. They can also give
you words of encouragement, telling you that no matter what; you will recover in no time.
They offer knowledge
A cancer patient’s doctor may have all the facts and statistics, but he probably does not have the wisdom
to teach his patients how to cope with their condition. Even if he does, his tone may sound cold or
unsympathetic. Doctors must remain impartial to their patients; for many doctor’s it is their company’s
policy for liability purposes. However, your friends in a support group are genuine. They know how you
feel and can offer advice and tips based on those feelings.
They offer a positive environment
When you think of a support group, what do you see? Do you see sad or anxious people sitting in a circle?
Do you see them passing tissues and asking why them? You may be surprised to find out that there are a
lot of optimistic people in support groups. This is very important. Optimism helps the recovery process.
Beyond that, it is better to live a life with confidence and a positive sense of well-being.
If you have cancer, you must plug yourself into a support group. Though they may not seem like much
help, just talking or writing about your feelings is very therapeutic and can help your health. This article
also lists why support groups are important.
By: David Haas