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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

David's Article

Love and Support are Powerful

Where would you be without the love of your parents? Where would you be without the love of your spouse? Where would you be without the love of your kids? What about your friends? There is one thing that is certain in this world: Love and support are very powerful.

Cancer patients think the same thing. They, too, need people who love and support them, to help them make it through their condition. Fortunately, there are many
cancer support groups that are constantly filled with other people who know exactly what cancer patients are going through.

These support groups have new cancer patients, patients in remission, friends and family of cancer patients, and people who want to learn more about a cancer patient's life and questions. Moreover, there are groups for all different types of cancers and conditions from the common cancers such as
breast cancer to the rare cancers like mesothelioma.

Every day there are people who wake up and drive to their job. They drink their coffee and talk to their coworkers. They go home to their family and watch TV and eat dinner, but behind the scenes, there are hurting people who need love and support. They need support from people who are going through the same thing. The doctors can only offer information and treatment. Their friends and family are sympathetic, but don't fully understand. However, there is truly something therapeutic about receiving a hug from another cancer patient.

Just writing or talking about your feelings is therapeutic, as well. The opportunity to express your anxiety to other people is a relieving experience. Additionally, these people can offer hope and advice in return. The advice they give is not something you can receive anywhere else. Your doctors can't give that kind of advice to you because they are not the patients.

When cancer patients get together and share their feelings, the doors open for empowerment -- for courage. Suddenly, cancer patients can embrace their condition with confidence and optimism, which is very important for treatment and recovery.

If you have cancer, you need to get plugged into a cancer support group. The love and support you receive from these groups is priceless.

By: David Haas

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