Breast Cancer Support Groups
You’re driving along a lonely stretch of highway. You haven’t seen another motorist in hours, or so it seems. You’ve been driving all day, and the sun is setting. A
tear flows. Nobody understands you. Nobody seems to care. Nobody can relate to what you’re going through.
Having breast cancer can be a lonely off-the-beaten-path stretch of road. Life can be so hard, and that is before you got breast cancer. But now, it seems impossible. Everything has changed.
On the day you found out, all your life goals were halted. They may resume, but then again, they may not. This is your life. And those life goals are on hold. They may or may not be resumed, abandoned or revised. But this thing is sure – you are not alone.
Love is just a phone call away. Breast cancer support groups are waiting to help you. This is why they were formed. It’s why they exist. Their passion is to love you in every way that you need. And they uniquely understand what you’ve gone through, what you are going through and what you face ahead of you.
To support something is to take the weight off of the thing. For breast cancer, it’s about taking the weight off of your mind and emotions, and lifting you up when you feel like there’s no hope. Or you are not sure what to expect, and it’s eating you up inside. Or you need some answers that you can trust and depend upon.
However, not all breast cancer support groups are the same. They vary in their focus. Some groups provide mainly information and education, such as what to expect from a certain procedure like chemotherapy, or ideas for coping with the consequences of the treatment. Other support groups focus more on your emotional needs. In these groups, feelings are shared and connections are made. Some groups are led by professionals, while others are less formal. Some take place in classroom type settings, while others meet in homes or churches. To help you form a positive routine, many will ask you for a time commitment, such as meeting weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.
In this day and age, information abounds over the internet. So many of your basic questions can be answered quickly and informally. The support group then primarily plays a different role for you. At the support group, you will certainly hear stories from others who are experiencing the same thing you are experiencing and going through it as you are. But you should know that you will be asked to share about yourself, your journey, and your feelings. If the thought of that makes you uncomfortable, you should let that be known up front, and find a group that understands and appreciates your sensitivity.
Online support groups are available as well. These groups fill a certain need, but you should consider their limitations if you are looking for face to face interactions.