Union Daily Times

Should I go to a support group?

SPARTANBURG — When someone is diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness, they may feel several emotions: sadness, loneliness, resentment or anxiety. Getting through a serious illness can be easier with a group of people there to lift you up. Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute offers several support groups so that people diagnosed with cancer don’t feel so alone.

Here are some of the benefits of a support group:

1. A support group provides a sense of community for cancer survivors. Though a family member or friend may be able to provide sympathy, it is important to have fellowship with those who have walked the same or a very similar journey.

2. A support group can provide hope and a sense of renewal. Someone just beginning cancer treatment may be overwhelmed with a sense of uncertainty, but hearing words of encouragement from another survivor who has been disease free for 20 years can be calming and inspiring. A support group’s many voices can turn hopelessness into hopefulness.

3. A support group can provide education. As healthcare providers, our goal is to equip our patients with knowledge and tools that can be applied daily to enhance overall health and wellness. Our support groups incorporate education into each meeting.

4. At a support group meeting, you may find a friend. We often develop relationships with those who we have something in common with. A cancer diagnosis may initially bring you together, but discovering the many things you have in common can lead to a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

5. A support group is a safe place to express your emotions. A cancer diagnosis may bring on a variety of emotions, but it is important to express them in a supportive setting. Your emotions may change along your cancer journey, but being in a supportive environment has proven to relive stress and promote emotional healing and wellness.

To learn more about the support groups offered through Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, visit SpartanburgRegional.com/Events.

Photo courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System This woman and this teenager are talking during a diverse support group meeting and that’s one of the reasons to join a support group. They bring people together from different walks of life who are dealing with the same problem enabling all the participants to talk about what they are going through with others who understand as they are dealing with it themselves. The Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute offers several support groups for people who are dealing with cancer will not feel so alone.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_five-reasons-to-attend-a-support-group_1200x600.jpgPhoto courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System This woman and this teenager are talking during a diverse support group meeting and that’s one of the reasons to join a support group. They bring people together from different walks of life who are dealing with the same problem enabling all the participants to talk about what they are going through with others who understand as they are dealing with it themselves. The Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute offers several support groups for people who are dealing with cancer will not feel so alone.
Five benefits of being in a support group

By Stacey Kindall, MPH, Community Outreach Coordinator

Courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and/or link to DiscoverHealth.org.