Breast Cancer Forums – Remarkable Support
One of the first things I recommend to a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient is to join a breast cancer forum online or a local support group.
There is just nothing better than being able to connect with others who have a similar diagnosis or have already traveled through the gauntlet of breast cancer treatments. There is a wealth of information out there just waiting to help you out!
For myself, I found a support group invaluable. We met twice a month and someone was always there with a welcoming smile, a sympathetic ear and hugs. Oh, and cups of tea and cookies (always nice!). If I had anything at all bothering me, there were several who’d been down that road and had suggestions on how to get through it. Wonderful!
One Word of Caution
As with any group of people, you might run across one or two who take great delight in telling you exactly how bad you’re going to feel when going through chemotherapy (in great detail), or how their doctor misdiagnosed them, twice, but my suggestion is to just steer clear of the Negative Nancies (because they’re out there!) and do your best to take away only the positive messages, the ones that help you the most.
When You Get Through This
The best part is that some day, when you’ve gotten through your own personal journey with cancer, you’ll be able to help someone else who is newly diagnosed. There will be somebody who’s just as scared, nervous, stressed out or badly in need of hope as you were and you’ll be able to tell them what helped you through it.
There’s no better feeling than to help someone else. Books have been written on the subject of volunteering and how good it is not only for the person being helped but for the helper as well.
I have a cartoon that sits over my computer, it’s the Family Circus written by Bil Keane. A father is looking down at his daughter and she says to him “Know what’s a good exercise, Daddy? Reaching down and liftin’ somebody up.” I couldn’t agree more.
I send my love to everyone taking this journey right now. If you would like my help with getting through breast cancer in an inspiring and ultra-healthy way, please sign up for my free e-newsletters on the right, or “like” me on Facebook (MarnieClark.com) and I’ll do my utmost to keep you informed and empowered on your healing journey… and beyond