Whether you are someone with cancer or someone close to you has cancer, it can be very helpful to talk with others in a similar situation who will understand what you are going through.
Support from others who understand can help to improve your ability to cope, your ability to feel more into control over your situation and give you a sense of hope.
You may feel that support groups or counseling are not for you – or the idea of speaking with strangers would be uncomfortable. The truth is, even if your friends and family are supportive, they have their own experiences that are unique to them. This is a time when emotional and social support can help you find ways to talk about and understand what you’re going through.
The Cancer Support Community can help connect you to a community of support.
People who have been affected by cancer often feel anxious, sad angry or even confused about what they are feeling. That’s OK and normal. Part of the challenge is accepting that you need support. You shouldn’t have to feel you have to do this alone. We can help you get connected to support groups, helpful resources, one-on-one counseling, online discussion boards and other ways to connect with others whether it be face to face, online or over the phone.