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10 Reasons to Join a Support Group When You Have Gynecolgoic (GYN) Cancer

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10 Reasons to Join a Support Group When You Have Gyn CancerBeing diagnosed with gynecologic cancer is usually a shock. You’re never quite prepared for that type of news. The shock makes it hard to process all the information your doctor gives you, and now you have more questions than answers. You’re confused, lonely, and scared.

Other women who’ve been in your shoes know how you feel. They’ve been through the same shock and confusion you’re now dealing with. And they can help you, so consider these 10 reasons for joining a support group.

1. You’re numb right now.

The initial shock has you numb. That makes it hard to process information and make decisions. Those in your support group can help you start making plans.

2. You’re lonely and scared.

You may not know anyone who has gynecologic cancer, so your diagnosis can leave you feeling lonely and scared. A support group can offer you comfort and shoulders to cry on.

3. You need a lifeline.

A support group can become your lifeline for information, support, and encouragement. Because of their personal experience with cancer, they can hold your hand – figuratively and literally – and help keep you grounded through your cancer journey.

4. You need resources.

Besides being a lifeline, those who’ve gone through cancer before you are able to give you advice about your diagnosis. They can share resources about physicians, medical facilities, and treatment options for your specific cancer.

5. You need to talk.

You need to be able to talk about your diagnosis and all the thoughts going through your head. Your family and friends may not want to talk with you as they don’t know what to say.

6. You need practical solutions.

The world doesn’t stop because you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. Those in your support group can help you find solutions for dealing with issues relating to work, school, and every day life.

7. You need help with side effects.

Whatever treatment is right for you, there will be some side effects. Those who’ve gone through them with their own diagnosis can give you tips for better managing them.

8. You need focus.

With so many thoughts and questions going through your mind, it’s hard to stay focused. You need help sorting through it all so you can make the right decisions.

9. You may need professional help.

Your support group may include licensed professionals who can help you physically and emotionally. They can help you with overall health, managing your emotions, and even knowing how to manage socially.

10. Your caregivers need support, too.

Your caregivers may also be frightened, confused, and concerned about your diagnosis. A support group can help them learn how to cope and care for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-14-2017 - 10:50 AM


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