Anyone who has experienced cancer, either as a patient or loved one, knows how challenging and emotionally draining it is. You’re likely to experience feelings of loneliness and fear, both completely valid emotions.
During this time, it’s important to seek help and support from a community that understands what you are going through. Support groups are a great way to connect with people who have been through what you are experiencing and can offer emotional support and advice. Typically, you can connect with support groups in person, online, or even over the phone.
Benefits of Support Groups
Support groups are an amazing tool. Whether you’re a patient, loved one, caregiver, or cancer survivor, support groups can offer a safe place to work through the challenges you are likely facing.
Studies show that support group participants feel less hopeless and more empowered to manage their diagnosis. Talking to people who understand what you are going through can help eliminate the isolation you may be feeling, as well as boost your overall outlook.
Benefits of Joining a Mesothelioma Support Group
- Immersing yourself into a community who can relate to you and your situation can help you find hope and a sense of belonging.
- Support groups provide a safe space to share fears and frustrations you may not feel comfortable confiding in friends or loved ones.
- Hearing personal stories can help you feel less alone and make your diagnosis feel more manageable.
- Meeting other people who have already been through a mesothelioma diagnosis affords you the opportunity to learn from their experiences and share coping mechanisms.
- Learning from others can make you feel more educated and empowered.
- Participating in a support group can reduce stress and feelings of depression, anxiety, and helplessness
- Support groups can potentially be a forum to learn about new treatments or clinical trials as well as gain insight into what you can expect if you’re going through similar treatments.
- Caregivers and family members can get advice on how to best support their loved one and have the opportunity to vent their own fears, sadness, or frustrations away from their afflicted loved one.
Finding Mesothelioma Support Groups
There are many organizations and nonprofits that offer mesothelioma support groups. Your cancer care team can serve as an additional resource to help you find the right support group to fit your needs. You may want to share, or maybe you just want to listen. Whatever your needs, here are a few great resources to get you started: