Cancer Recovery 4

…contd. How many people does it take to build a support system? The only answer that doesn’t work is zero, because everyone needs at least 1 other person beside them to thrive.

If you or a loved one has cancer, you need a main supporter who understands you, and can ask others for the kind of help you need. People come from nowhere if they hear you need help; so if it’s a reasonable request and someone says “Is there anything I can do for you?”, don’t be too shy to tell them what you need.

Families and friends are wonderful providers of food, companionship, and rides to medical appointments. Support can be found in the community as well through churches, non-profit organizations, Hospice, and activity based organizations such as arts and sports.

The medical team is also part of your support system. I believe that if you have a good relationship with your health care team, you will feel better about your treatment, you will have better care, and you will gain more benefit because of it.

Some time ago, I was part of a planning committee for a Navigation Map for women with breast cancer. The committee was made up of survivors, thrivers, and people from non-profit organizations. The general consensus was that a support system is a basic need all along the cancer journey, and it’s the support system which helps a person with cancer to find their own road to recovery.


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