Getting the news of being diagnosed with breast cancer can be one of the hardest moments in your life. Sometimes, we even see patients find that news harder than the actual treatment process. We know and can say that attitude is the little thing that can make a big difference. However, no one said you have to handle this news and treatment process alone.
There are so many support groups out there, and they can focus on a variety of topics. For example, some groups can help educate and explain what your body is going through. While other groups can handle the emotional side post diagnosis. These groups are going to expect you to share your feelings because they will include other people who know exactly what you are going through. We always recommend you open up to your friends and family, but studies have shown that some of the best advice one can get is from someone who is going through something similar.
Support groups can be held in a variety of locations like in clinics, churches, homes, and more! Other groups can even offer more than just advice, like meditation to help ease the stress of the news.
While we always encourage all of our patients to share their feelings during this difficult time, please keep one thing in mind: there’s no right or wrong way to share your feelings. Some patients are comfortable sharing their feelings in a group setting while others feel better talking to their friends and family. We also know this news can be difficult on your loved ones so please ask us about support groups for them!
Finally, talking to a patient navigator is a great first step in finding the support group that fits you. Don’t forget, ladies and gentleman, we are always here to answer your questions so please reach out if you have any!