by: David Haas
Few things in life are as tragic as a cancer diagnosis or the treatments. Those who are diagnosed have many questions to consider: what kind of treatment is best, how will this affect my career and family, how can I cope with this? The family and friends of cancer patients must also learn to deal with this news and how to help the patient. One of the worst things about cancer is how many people it impacts. The flip side of this is that because so many people are impacted, they can offer support and comfort to each other.
Cancer networks are designed to help people impacted from cancer by bringing them together in a supportive environment where they can share stories of hope, grief, loss, and advice on how to cope with the everyday realities of living with cancer. These networks are also available to those in remission and the friends and family of patients. These networks provide comfort to the members and allow them to talk about things only those impacted can understand, as well the difficulties of being a caregiver or watching a loved one suffer.
A rare or terminal cancer diagnosis is even harder for most people to come to terms with. A Mesothelioma diagnosis can be very isolating and one should take advantage of one of the many support groups to help deal with emotional side effects as well as share personal stories and advice on how to cope with their mesothelioma prognosis. The simple act of talking about cancer can be very cathartic and help the patient’s process what is happening to them and express emotions and thoughts that can be difficult to talk to others about.
A cancer diagnosis can be very isolating and cause people to withdraw from their friends and social lives. Cancer networks routinely put on social events to draw together those who are affected, and provide a safe place to interact with others without the need to be self-conscious about the side effects of cancer treatment. Many networks also provide classes and events on everything from nutrition, pain management, and yoga to art classes. This allows cancer patients to be among people who understand their situation while still being productive and having fun, as well as providing valuable knowledge to anyone seeking to better understand their situation and options.