Are you a young woman experiencing a Cancer diagnosis? Or do you know of a friend or family member who could benefit through joining a Cancer Support Group?
If you’re facing a Cancer diagnosis, you don’t have to go it alone. A support group can help.
Cancer Support groups bring together people facing similar issues and challenges.
Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.
While not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by family and friends, you may find it helpful to turn to others outside your immediate circle. Sometimes it can be difficult to discuss certain issues with family and friends for fear of worrying them, therefore talking with strangers can be extremely cathartic.
A support group shouldn’t replace your standard medical care, but it can be a valuable resource to help you cope.Research tells us that people who attend a Support Group have far better health outcomes.
In a support group, you’ll find people with problems similar to yours. Members of a support group usually share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.
Benefits of participating in support groups may include:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Improving coping skills and giving a sense of adjustment
- Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
- Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
Faith Hope & Healing offer 5 spaces for Young Women to express their feelings and share valuable information with each other. We also have other Cancer Support Groups available eg Men’s groups, Secondary Cancers etc.