Nothing can be scarier than hearing the phrase “You have cancer.” Along with a whirlwind of emotions, you may also feel a lack of connection to others now that you have something others do not have—cancer. Even those with an entire support system may feel a “me vs. them” type disconnect as you go through the pre-stages, treatment, and post-stages of a cancer diagnosis. That is where cancer support groups and foundations come in, both to help financially and offer a system of support directly related to cancer.
Cancer foundations and support groups offer a plethora of benefits to both the one with cancer along with their families as well. Cancer support groups may offer workshops, informational sessions, one-on-one mediation, and events to involve oneself in. Other benefits of foundations are financial support through donations, funds, scholarships, etc. that can also help off-set the cost of cancer treatments, recovery and the financial toll it can take on the survivor and their family.
Foundations such as The Christine B. Foundation make it their mission to provide direct-cancer support to those suffering so they do not feel alone and also feel as though they have a group supporting them through the entire process.
Now many times those with cancer question whether or not they need support and the answer is always yes. Why though? For starters, it is easy to fall into depression with a diagnosis and any weakening of the systems—including one’s mind and emotional stability—can be detrimental over time. Also, support allows one to speak to others in a similar situation who can offer help or avenues to which to find help—be it counseling, monetary support, etc.
“Part of the challenge is accepting that you need support,” stated by Cancer Community Support (cancercommunitysupport.org) which is the first and most crucial step. Once you accept the support you need, now it is time to reach out to find a foundation that best fits you and your family’s needs.
There are many different types of groups out there for cancer patients to get involved with for support. Some offer support for all cancers, some for specific types of cancer, and others for both the patient and their families to be involved in, but it really comes down to the needed support that a cancer patient needs to get through this difficult time in their life.
Now what can you do as a person who may not be affected by cancer but may want to help these organizations? You can be an ambassador to get the word out and raise funding so these foundations can continuously provide the current support—as most are non-profit and donation based. You can also fundraise through races and other charity events or even volunteer during events for cancer foundations. There are many different ways to help whether you are directly affected by cancer or not, but any you are involving yourself is helping those currently diagnosed with cancer and the foundations that allow them and their families to find support in whichever way they need it.