Posted on January 09 2022
Chemotherapy is usually everyone’s least favorite part of cancer treatment. When someone is newly diagnosed, there is often real fear about this specific part. We have all seen movies in which someone is treated with chemo and completely miserable. Our families and friends love us and want to be supportive and helpful, but it can seem as though they just don’t quite understand…
Sometimes the only person who can truly understand and empathize is someone else going through the same thing, so don’t be so tough with your loved ones, in the end they just want you to be comfortable.
Cancer is a disease like any other, this means that you are not the only one going through this process, you are not alone and you shouldn’t have to do it alone as well. Nowadays, there are tons of programs seeking to help you find a buddy support program which intends to help you find the nearest person going through the same situation.
Consider reaching out to find your buddy. Or, if you are past treatment, consider reaching out to volunteer to help someone else.
GENERAL CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS
- Imerman Angels – provides one-on-one peer support between cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers.
- 4th Angel – matches patients with trained volunteer mentors.
- Cancer Hope Network – provides one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families through training individuals who have recovered from cancer in order to match them with cancer patients who are currently undergoing related situations.
- Friend for life – helps patients recently diagnosed with cancer, going through the treatment or fully recovered by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience.
The THERAPY couch
If you are not ready to share your journey with a peer or buddy, therapy might be the way to go. Psycho-oncology is in charge of providing support to cancer patients. It provides the patient with personal resources and strategies to take control of themselves. The strategies and resources help to manage emotions, behaviors and thoughts.
Find a pen pal
Writing is a great way to share your cancer conundrums and who better to share it with than finding a pen pal with a matching cancer illness. Searching online may seem like a challenge, however; it may be easier than it seems! You can also simply ask your doctor for recommendations before searching into cyberspace. They have access to people who share the same challenges as you.
“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.”
- Crazy, sexy, cancer tips by Kris Carr