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In praise of support groups


Question: I would like to talk to cancer caregivers.

Dr. Amy: You are very wise to seek out support. A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, both for the person receiving it and for family and friends. After the initial shock and fear, a whole host of other intense emotions and concerns can surface. On top of the daily challenges that come with work, family and community life, cancer adds a new set of tasks and responsibilities that can feel overwhelming. Support groups can make a all the difference in the world. The friendship, understanding, and validation you can experience is priceless. Conversation with fellow travellers is amazingly soothing. While it can't erase the diagnosis, the camaraderie and insights can be uplifting and inspiring.

Some support groups are organized by the type of cancer, others not. You can chat online with other people, or meet in person. I encourage you to call the American Cancer Society to find out about resources in your community.

You can also tap into the Cancer Support Community.

I send you strength to you and your family on your journey.


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