Many people who have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma have found that joining a support group helps them manage the wide range of feelings and fears they experience during and after their cancer treatment. Support groups also help family members and friends handle the countless emotions a loved one's cancer diagnosis can evoke.
Studies have found that cancer support groups can enhance self-esteem, reduce depression, decrease anxiety and improve relationships with family members and friends. Support groups also can help you cope better with your diagnosis and increase your knowledge of cancer and its treatment.
The emotional benefits these groups can provide are significant and support groups have greatly improved the quality of life of many people who have been diagnosed.
Some people prefer support groups that meet in person. Others feel more comfortable communicating their feelings in support groups that meet online or on the telephone. (Online and telephone groups also work well for those who live in rural areas or can’t easily leave home.) Whichever you prefer, there is most likely a group or setting that can meet your needs.
You may want to begin by asking your doctor, nurse or hospital social worker about support groups that are offered by your hospital or other organizations in your community. You will also find a listing on this site of current myeloma support groups across Canada as well as access to the Canadian Cancer Society and the International Myeloma Foundation.
To find a support group or services in your province, put your mouse coursor over the find support button. This will link you to the most current listing of support services in your area.
Before you attend your first support group meeting, you may want to contact the support group coordinator. This will allow you to become more familiar with the group and how it functions. You may also find that online or telephone support offers a better fit for you. There is no one "right" support group for everyone. The best support group is the one that works for you.
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