David Haas, fellow blogger & passionate cancer patient advocate approached me about guest blogging for CancerHAWK. David writes for the Haas Blaag and he has also guested for other blogs including“Breast Cancer is my BITCH“ (which is where this post is from), cut the b*tches off and others. So without further ado, this is David Haas’ article Cancer Support Groups…. Thanks for sharing David!
“If you are a cancer patient or a cancer survivor, you may feel at times that no one understands what you are going through or what you have been through. Describing your experiences to someone who hasn’t had cancer can seem like describing snow to someone who has spent their life living in the rain forest. Indeed, your friends and relatives may just not be able to relate to your experiences.
This is why (I believe) it is important to get support and strength from other cancer survivors who understand what you are going through. For example, if you have or had breast cancer, you may want advice and companionship from someone who has gone through breast cancer or is going through it currently. The same goes for if you have a rare disease such as mesothelioma, you may want to join a support group for cancer survivors who have gone through mesothelioma treatment. Not only will you be encouraged and find companionship, but you will also learn what you can expect and tricks to help cope with treatment from others who are farther along in their journey.
Would A Cancer Support Group Help You?
Some people find that writing about their experiences is particularly helpful. If this is true for you, then you may want to join an online support group. An online group is also good for people who may not be able to get out of their house to attend support group meetings in person. One such online group is called the Cancer Support Network and can be found at http://csn.cancer.org.
If you find that talking about your feelings is particularly helpful, you may want to join a support group locally. That way, you can gather together with other survivors in order to talk and work through your concerns and fears. You will also be able to share your victories and accomplishments. In addition, you may be able to find out about resources in your local area when you attend such a support group. This can be very helpful. In order to find a local group in your area, you may ask your oncologist or simply do a web search. Sometimes, groups post information in the newspaper about their meeting times.
Getting the support that you need is important. Whether you are a survivor, fighting cancer right now or in remission, you may want to join a group in order to connect with others who understand what you have gone through and are going through.” By: David Haas, Haas Blaag
If you are interested in joining a support group (whether you are a patient, a caregiver or a survivor- there are support groups for everyone touched by cancer) but don’t know where to start finding one, check out these resources:
- The Cancer Support Community is a GREAT resource to find support groups throughout the country. Click HERE to find a support group that meets in your area.
- Also check with your doctor’s office, infusion clinic or a nearby hospital… they usually have support groups or at a minimum, know of where a good one is.
- There are also many online support groups, live chat groups & discussion boards. Check out the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network, CancerCare, Pink-Link, TalkAboutHealth, Inspire, and Cancer Support Community.
- There are several organizations who can “match” you with someone with your same diagnosis or most closely matches your situation, including Imerman’s Angels & Cancer Hope Network, to name a few. Click HERE for more information.
BTW, all of the support groups that I know about are absolutely FREE of charge… there is no cost to participate.
For more information on support services, please visit our Cancer Support Services page.