Posted by Katrina Kaczmarek on February 15, 2012
Welcome to my First Guest Blogger!
Introducing David Hass!
You can click on his name and it will take you to David’s Blog. As my computer is getting fixed, David has offered an article that I believe to be very useful to cancer fighters! Support Groups are amazing. After all in the end the only thing that matters is the relationships we shared with others while making our trip through life. Thank You David and Welcome!
Cancer Support groups have been known to help cancer patients and those in remission to understand and cope with the disease which has fundamentally changed their life. There are known cancer support groups for many different kinds of cancers including breast cancer, skin cancer, and even rare cancers such as mesothelioma. Patients going through treatment, especially treatments for aggressive cancer, do not always understand everything their doctor tells them. Being confused about cancer and cancer treatments can cause anxiety. However, the people in cancer support groups, like the American Cancer Society, can further explain everything involved with treatment. Remember, these people are also going through or have gone through cancer treatment themselves. They can help other patients understand what it is like from their perspective.
It helps patients relax
Cancer support groups are designed to help patients relax, helping them to feel more comfortable. When cancer patients are in a relaxed setting, it helps them forget about the stress and worry that have plagued them prior to the cancer support group session. This is especially important for patients who must undergo rare cancer treatment, such as mesothelioma treatment. The more serious the condition, the more the patient will worry and be stressed.
The other patients can console each other, and it helps them to feel optimistic, which is very important for helping the body to recover from treatment.
It allows patients to talk about what is on their mind
Obviously, cancer patients will have a lot of questions and thoughts that they want to share. Cancer support groups are not only a great place for cancer patients to ask questions, but also a great place for patients in remission to share their experience and help other patients understand. In fact, sharing information can also be therapeutic.
Here are some online support groups that you should check out:
Cancer support groups make the cancer experience easier for patients. Questions can be answered, and fears can be expressed; hope is given. More than anything, the best things patients can do is be optimistic and seek the help of others.
By: David Haas