Medically Reviewed by Dr. K on 12 May 2022
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Your Cancer Support Network
Every individual approaches cancer differently. Although you can believe you have everything under control, things may become difficult and lonely at times. Utilize these straightforward steps to create a network that will stick with you in both good and bad times.
Join A Support Group
This will assist you in managing your emotions by allowing you to communicate and share with those who share your feelings. Members also discuss which therapies worked for them and how they overcame obstacles.
When you interact with other people, you develop a sense of community. You know you are not alone and that many others are in a similar situation. It assists you in recognising that what you are experiencing is natural.
Help groups come in a variety of forms. Some are reserved only for cancer patients. Others include the primary caregiver, who is often a partner or another close relative. Family members or children can discover one that is specifically theirs.
Let People Help
It can be difficult to ask others to do things for you, especially if you have always been self-sufficient. Your family and friends want to assist you, but they might be unsure how to proceed. If someone asks, “What can I do?" be prepared to respond.
Allow people to assist with daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and running errands. It may be beneficial to have someone accompany you to the doctor. Request that a friend jots down critical questions for you, and make certain you ask them. Enable others to assist you in keeping track of your insurance and appointments.
Allow someone to maintain a schedule if people wish to bring you meals or pay you a visit. Additionally, bear in mind that it is appropriate to decline invitations if you are not in the mood for company on a particular day. They'll understand if you plan to freeze a meal for later consumption.
Bear in mind that your friends and family members can't simply understand what you require or even what you wish to discuss. They'll probably appreciate it if you reach out with a short call or message expressing your desire for a particular snack or requesting assistance with a task such as walking the dog or doing the laundry.
Go Online For Support
This is an option if you do not want to meet in person or speak with people you know. Online support groups put people from all over the world together to share their experiences. These groups may have pages dedicated to subjects of interest to you, such as chemotherapy or side effects.
Do Your Research
Consult the doctor or other cancer survivors for recommendations. Search for cancer-related organisations or organisations, such as the American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivors Network.
Referenced on 1/5/2021
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network: “Finding Support Systems for People with Cancer."
- American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Finding Support and Information."
- American Academy of Family Physicians: “Cancer: Helping Your Family Help You."
- American Cancer Society: “Online Communities and Support.