Breast cancer can be baffling, disheartening and frightening all at once, one of those diseases that is all too familiar in the hearing, but after the diagnosis is received, a person may not know where to turn for answers to their varied questions.
To that end, there are many online support groups to help breast cancer patients learn from one another, compare notes, give advice and hold each other’s virtual hand throughout the process.
#1 – WhatNext
This is a cancer support network recommended by the American Cancer Society, a vibrant online community replete with plenty of articles and active members that provide users with access to direct experiences had by others on similar paths.
#2 – Circle Of Sharing™
Another American Cancer Society vehicle, the Circle of Sharing website provides personalized cancer information, allowing users to create their own circles of family members and friends, helping loved ones of the patient by teaching them important information about cancer. There are also plenty of articles on the website, all which seek to educate those dealing with cancer.
#3 – Cancer Survivors Network
The Cancer Survivors Network’s name bespeaks exactly what it is: a forum for survivors to share their experiences and to provide a level of support to one another based on their treatment journeys.
#4 – BreastCancer.org
The discussion boards at Breastcancer.org are alive with folks who are able to honestly reveal their fears of being “freaked out,” even before their diagnosis has been handed down. Users can find a wide range of participants on the website, from those with a high risk of breast cancer to those waiting for their results to the just diagnosed and beyond.
#5 – The #iTouchMyselfProject promoting breast cancer prevention and early detection
Quite unique and powerful all the same is the recent viral tribute to Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Divinyls group, whose 1990 hit song “I Touch Myself” caught on worldwide. Amphlett died from breast cancer on April 21, 2013, and it was her dying wish that the anthem be used as a reminder of the importance of breast self-examinations, which is how Amphlett discovered her own cancer when a mammogram and ultrasound missed it.
No matter which of the above breast cancer online support groups fits best based on an individual’s current needs, the important thing to note is that they all provide a virtual sense of community that reminds people they are not alone.