Good Morning Everyone. Today is a very special day for me because today is the very first guest post here on My Diary Entry. This blog is normally used for my personal thoughts and feelings; I use it as cheap therapy. However today is going to be different. If you are a regular visitor here on My Diary Entry then you know that I like to volunteer my time for various charities. I prefer to volunteer my time rather than donate money because time is more valuable and it also gives me a chance to meet some great people.
David Haas is a Guest Blogger at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. He recently reached out to me and asked if he could write a guest post on My Diary Entry about the different support services that are available for families dealing with cancer. David knows from reading my blog that I support various charities such as The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers as well as Ovarian Cancer Canada, so of course I was more than happy for David to write a guest post.
Whenever we are going through a though time in life I feel that our support system of friends, family, co-workers and public services can help make the tragedy a little bit easier. I hope that you enjoy this guest post by David Hass about the Support Networks for Cancer Patients and their Families!
“Though medical advancements are providing better treatment for cancer patients, there are still some things that the medical community cannot provide their cancer patients. Radiation treatment, chemotherapy and surgery can help cure the cancer, but it cannot cure a patient’s state of mind — their well-being.
Cancer support networks, though very valuable, are not widely promoted by peers, medical authorities and other professionals. Yes, many doctors recommend support groups to their patients, but most doctors do not stress just how important these groups are to patients.
I have a friend who battled mesothelioma — for privacy purposes, we’ll call him John. Along John’s journey with cancer, his doctor gave him much information, but his doctor could never give him the type of support that his cancer survivor network gave him. While recovering from the treatments, John attended these group sessions, learning new things about other patients and gaining advice from patients who were in remission. These members were able to help each other emotionally, something that the doctors, and even many friends, could not do.
John learned how to stay optimistic, and the doctors even told him that his optimistic mindset was helping him recover. Positive thinking and optimism helps release special neurological signals to important body functions, such as the immune system.
Cancer support networks offer unique information
Your doctor can tell you the facts about your condition; they can tell you about your future treatments and what the side effects will be. However, your fellow peers in the support group can tell you what worked for them in their fight with disease.
Patients in remission return to their support groups to help new patients, giving them information that no doctor has. Helpful tips, advice and opinions are only a few things that experienced cancer patients can offer.
Support groups are not just for patients
Many patients’ friends and family members attend these types of groups to get a first-hand look at what it is really like to live life with cancer. Too much surprise, many people discover that cancer patients who attend these groups have a very positive outlook on life; they embrace their future with complete confidence.
The uplifting tone creates a special atmosphere, an atmosphere that accomplishes amazing things.
If you have cancer or you know someone who has cancer, find a support group near you. It is very important for every cancer patient in any stage of their condition to attend these groups and be surrounded by genuine people who know exactly what you are going through.”
This document also lists specific studies and research findings on the benefits of cancer networks.
Check Out David Haas at The Mesothelioma Blog.
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