Not in this Fight Alone: Guest Post by David Haas

An uphill climb

One very important aspect of cancer recovery is being able to express your fears, pains and anxiety. Going through cancer is no easy task, but it definitely helps to have someone who understands what you are going through to talk with.

Cancer survivor networks and other groups are perfect for people who are going through cancer treatment, as well as in remission. Actually, there are reasons why cancer survivor networks are important and why they are effective.

They help ease anxiety

Discussing your fears and anxiety with other people who understand how you feel is therapeutic. In fact, after group sessions, many people feel less anxious about their condition. Physically, being less anxious helps the body’s immune system to be more effective in fighting the disease. Being at ease, the brain sends neurological signals to other body parts that help the parts do their job.

It helps patients learn about treatment

While talking to doctors, some patients feel nervous, inhibiting their ability to understand everything the doctor tries to explain to them. However, cancer network groups are typically a relaxed setting, helping patients to better understand treatment methods, options and alternatives.

A place to relax

Additionally, people feel more comfortable about certain situations when they understand, at least to a certain extent, the overview of their situation. Therefore, understanding how treatment works, the side effects to popular treatments and the consequences of not having certain treatments will help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed about their condition.

This is important for patients with all types of cancers, including but not limited to breast cancer, colon cancer and even rare cancers like mesothelioma. This is even more important when encountering rare cancers because a lot of them are extremely unknown and the stigma behind them can be devastating. For Example, patients with a mesothelioma prognosis typically don’t understand their condition in comparison to other cancer patients and need reassurance and understanding of their disease.

It is therapeutic for cancer survivors

Not alone on the trail

Having gone through cancer treatment and recovery, cancer survivors feel that they have an obligation to help other people who are going through the same thing they went through. It is encouraging for patients to hear from survivors and how they handled their battle with cancer; it gives patients hope for themselves, which is important to have positive state-of-mind.

Conclusion

There is no substitute for conventional and orthodox treatment, but therapeutic group sessions can greatly aid a patient mentally, helping their body physically. Many doctors recommend their patients attend sessions when they can to get a better understanding of cancer, as well as support from their peers.  Here are some great online groups that you may want to check out:

 Inspire.com

Caringbridge.org

David Haas is a cancer patient advocate who wants to make a difference for people who have been diagnosed with this deadly disease. You can check out his blog at http://haasblaag.blogspot.com/

About susanmaas

I grew up in the green state of Oregon, coming to love the birds, flowers, and other wild things of the woods. Our family homeschooled for sixteen years, spending wonderful vacations at the beach or camping in the western United States and British Columbia. For most of my adult life, I have been a part-time writer, creating personal experience stories, homeschooling articles, devotionals, Sunday school curriculum, and children's stories and books. I enjoy looking for signs of the eternal in nature and the small, everything events in our lives.
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