Today’s post is about: Support groups. As I was waiting in the waiting room waiting to see my surgical oncologist for the first time, I got involved in a conversation with one of her patient’s who was also…waiting.
She gave me some advice that I will always remember. She said that if I received a breast cancer diagnosis that the best thing that I could do is tell everybody I knew. There is no such thing as having ‘too much support.’ That was in November of 2011. She was right. Studies have shown that people who participate in support groups survive longer and are generally healthier emotionally.
I am blessed to be a member of three support groups for women.
1. The Relief Society which is the largest support group for women who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
2. The breast cancer sisterhood. A few months after my diagnosis, I received an email from the nurse who assisted with the biopsies that led to my breast cancer diagnosis. At the time, I was riding an emotional roller-coaster and it was pretty close to the bottom. I ‘phoned a friend,’ a sister survivor and asked her what they would tell me at a support group that I didn’t already know. She said: It’s not what they will tell you, it is HOW they will tell you! They speak your language because they have been where you are and they understand better than your friends who have not had that experience. She was right.
3. I became an active member of an incredible Facebook support group called: Flat and Fabulous. WE are a group of almost two thousand women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and had mastectomies. Most of us chose NOT to have reconstructive surgery. Some women had reconstructive surgery and for various reasons chose to deconstruct. Our primary purpose is to empower women to become fabulous after having so much of our iden-titty taken away. If you would like to watch a fun video about the ‘benefits of being boob-less, check out my Toastmasters Award-Winning video by clicking here.
Thanks to support groups, pink no longer stinks! If you need help, find a support group near you, on Facebook or send me a message. You don’t have to travel this journey alone.
There are a lot of support groups for people who are sick, I would like to see more support groups created for people who want to stay well. That is one of the many reasons I am choosing to focus on disease prevention. I want the Pinkster support group to offer you easy ways to create a healthy lifestyle that will work for you!
Have you attended support groups? Have you felt supported? Please share your experience in the comments. Thank you very much AND…
Enjoy your day!