Feeling Alone? Connect with Others Impacted by Cancer

January 22, 2021
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A cancer diagnosis has the power to make both patients and their caregivers feel stressed, anxious, and alone. Minimizing feelings of isolation can be challenging, particularly when you don’t know anyone who’s experiencing what you are. MyLifeLine’s discussion boards exist to help you connect with others like you.

What is MyLifeLine?

The Cancer Support Community offers MyLifeLine as a free service for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. When you register for a MyLifeLine account, you gain access to a collection of helpful resources and optional services, from creating your own personal support website to participating in one or more of MyLifeLine’s 14 discussion boards.

Are MyLifeLine’s discussion boards moderated and private?

Absolutely. Moderated by licensed mental health professionals, MyLifeLine’s discussion boards are a safe place for you to share your unique experiences throughout your cancer journey. You can offer insights, coping strategies, inspiration, and more, all while making meaningful connections with people who know exactly what you’re going through.

When you create your MyLifeLine account, you can choose your own username that will be used when you post in discussion boards. Your username can be first-name-only or completely anonymous; it’s up to you. You will also be able to select personal settings that will further protect your privacy.

“What I lacked in those early months and years of being a cancer caregiver was a community of people who understood. I needed to know that I wasn’t alone in coping with [my husband’s] cancer diagnosis. I needed to get out of my own worried head and hear about the daily struggles and triumphs of other cancer caregivers.” —Nancy Sharp

What cancer topics do MyLifeLine’s discussion boards address?

The best part about MyLifeLine’s discussion boards is that there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a caregiver or a patient seeking additional support, one of MyLifeLine’s 14 discussion boards is sure to resonate with you. Topics range from caregiving to coping with side effects of cancer treatment. Here’s the full list of topics:

  • Managing Multiple Myeloma
  • Living with Breast Cancer           
  • Post-treatment Survivors            
  • Caregiver Support          
  • Living with Lung Cancer
  • Coping with Side Effects
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Cancer in Your 20s-30s 
  • Young Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cancer
  • Grief & Loss
  • CAR-T Cell Therapy and Immunotherapy
  • Living with AML
  • Parenting with Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma in the Black Community

How can MyLifeLine’s discussion boards support me?

MyLifeLine’s discussion boards are available 24/7, ensuring that you’re supported wherever and whenever you need it. Paige, a MyLifeLine member, described MyLifeLine as “my connection to the world, my connection to my own self, and a place where I could be encouraged by others.” 

The Cancer Support Community believes that community is stronger than cancer—and your community doesn’t have to be limited to your family and friends. Expand your support community by connecting with patients and caregivers just like you.

Register with MyLifeLine today.