Whether you are a patient, survivor, a caregiver, co-survivor, family member or friend, we all need a little help when dealing with cancer and other stressful life changes. We may experience anger, fear, frustration, a sense of helplessness, feel so alone, and yet, feel we can’t open up to others to share our feelings.
A support person or group can provide emotional and social support that helps people cope with the struggle of cancer. However, we may feel shy or skeptical, “I don’t feel comfortable talking in groups.”, “I’m doing fine. I don’t need support.”, “How can I get to a support group when I’m so busy taking care of my loved one?”
AABCA recommends that you reach out and get connected for yourself, your children, family, and friends. Find a support group or therapist that works for you. AABCA offers an online support group to share feelings confidentially, make friends, get help navigating the health care system and learn from others who have walked a similar path. A little help, listening, sharing and understanding goes a long way some time.