“You have cancer” can be the most devastating words anyone could hear. Your whole world falls apart and you have no idea where to start on one of the most difficult journeys of your life.
Eight years ago, I heard those very words and all I took from that sentence was “death.” Even after the doctor told me I had a good prognosis, I still heard, “death.”
After finding the right medical team and deciding on the most appropriate course of treatment for you, the next thing one should do is find support-FAST.
You will learn that once you’re rushed into this sorority you would’ve never pledged the, ‘cancer civilians’ around you JUST WON’T GET IT. Finding people who have been there will prove to be priceless.
Online support groups are a great way to meet people just like you without leaving the comfort of your home. All support groups are not created equal, just like not all breast cancers are the same. Below is a simple guide to some of the better online support groups.
- · YOU-You have questions, concerns and fears, breastcancer.org has a wonderful community with forums and chat rooms for you to discuss and ask anything and everything.
- · Metastatic BC– Sometimes you want to talk to someone, Sharecancersupport.org provides a wonderful telephone support group for women dealing with metastatic breast cancer.
- · Triple Negative-If you’ve been diagnosed with triple negative bc the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation has a support group for you.
- · Young Adult Cargiver-If you are 20-39 and are caring for someone with breast cancer, you are not alone. Cancercare.org
- · Caregiver–You need love too, believe it or not, you’re a survivor also, you’ve been there every step of the way and the person you want to vent to is probably the one you’re taking care of. Cancercare.org has a 15 week online support group just for you. Check it out
Cancer is still one of the scariest words in any language. With the right support you will be better equipped to walk this walk. Remember, these people are there to support you. They are not your doctors and they will all have an opinion. Take it all with a grain and keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel.