Having the support of others is an important part of breast cancer survivorship. Research actually shows that taking part in support groups, where you both give and receive help, is an effective way to reduce the stress and anxiety that can come with a breast cancer diagnosis. Below are some free resources you can use to connect with a breast cancer support group. They include both online and in-person communities, where you can talk with a group or one-on-one. Some focus on certain life stages, while others help you recover from specific experiences. All of them are designed to get you the help you need so you can move forward with your life.
Support groups can be an important resource for people diagnosed with breast cancer. They help increase the support network of the people in the group. Some groups mainly provide information and education for example, what to expect with chemotherapy and tips on how to cope with treatment. Other groups focus on emotional support. These groups encourage people to share their feelings.
These communities provide the chance to talk with others who are facing the same type of challenges you are. No matter how supportive and loving your family and friends, there is something special about knowing another is experiencing something similar. We have reached a time and place when members of a support community may be more familiar with the clinical trials studying new treatments for your disease than some community oncologists.