No woman should have to face breast cancer alone. There are a number of resources available that can provide support, such as family members, friends, doctors, psychologists and even social workers. But sometimes it takes more than the comfort of familiar faces to help you with your feelings of isolation and helplessness. That’s why support groups are so comforting and beneficial; they allow you to connect with others who are going through — or have gone through — similar experiences and struggles.
From diagnosis to aftercare, breast cancer poses a number of different challenges for women. Each stage produces a variety of emotions that can be quite difficult to express and manage. If you have breast cancer, support groups can help you overcome these challenging moments by making you feel heard and, more importantly, understood. They can also help answer any questions you may have if the medical jargon becomes too overwhelming. You’ll be able to share experiences and concerns, as well as gain encouragement and support, which will be invaluable to you during the most trying of times.
Most regions have breast cancer support groups. Your health care team will be able to provide you with more information about the support services closest to you. There are also a large number of websites dedicated to helping women with breast cancer. These confidential and anonymous forums bring together women of all ages and walks of life to share their experiences, establish emotional connections and create unique and lasting bonds.