You are Not Alone

“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.”

Kelley Harrell

 

When we go through hard times there is always the potential to feel alone. Feelings of isolation and despair are both common and normal while facing difficult situations. Support groups are a great way to connect into a community that can help to carry you through your journey. They are not a miracle cure, nor a guaranteed instant mood booster. In reality, it may be a little uncomfortable at first but, if given a chance, these groups could potentially become a place of immense comfort for you and/or your family and loved ones.

According to Cancer.net, support groups may not be the best fit for everyone, some people may benefit from other types of support. However, for those interested in further investigating support groups, cancer.net outlines the different types of support groups as:

 

  • Peer-led or self-help groups, facilitated by group members.
  • Professional-led group: A trained counselor, social worker, or psychologist may facilitate the conversation among the members.
  • Informal support groups: Led by a professional facilitator. These groups provide cancer-related information and education. These groups often invite speakers, such as doctors, who provide expert advice.

 

If cost is a concern, do not worry, according to The American Cancer Organization website they have support group programs and services that operate nationally for free. Follow this link to search for programs in your area: http://bit.ly/2o3u02G

It is important when our physical health demands so much attention that we do not neglect our emotional health as well. Take it easy and do not try to put too many demands on yourself, but remember that there is help out there for you. All you need to do is reach out your hand.

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