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Today’s guest blog is from Renata Sledge, MSW, LCSW. Renata is the Program Director for the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis.

What You Need to Know When You Attend Your First Support Group

Monday, June 15, 2015

Stepping into a group for the first time is both brave and humble. As a new group member, you are coming to hold the feelings and experiences of your group members, while also letting them hold your feelings and story. It’s normal to feel anxiety about what to expect, but people are often surprised at how comfortable they feel even if they never saw themselves as a “support group” kind of person. Hearing the stories of others who get it from the inside out can be a validating and reassuring experience.