I am new here and wanted to say hello. I am 18 months into my cancer adventure and now that my medical appointments have slowed down and become manageable and my treatment cycle I am able to cope with, I find that my overactive mind and emotions are starting to present themselves.
I am here for peace of mind to know that I am not alone and to engage with others going through the same thing. Please reach and and say Hi!
Hi David, many people start to feel the emotional and psychological impact of their cancer diagnosis once they are through active treatment, or have found a way to accept that ongoing treatment will be part of their lives for some time to come. This is when it can be very helpful to join a support group. I had a complete melt-down after my cancer treatment finished and was only able to recover some feeling of equilibrium when I joined a support group recommended by my oncologist and a liaison psychiatrist attached to the hospital oncology department. I truly believe that this saved my life as I had been unable to believe that I would eventually recover, despite a good prognosis. I feared that I was actually 'pointing the bone' at myself. If you're interested in finding out about the group that was so helpful for me, you can check it out here: www.lifeforce.org.au. (I hope I'm allowed to post this link?) Life Force is a small charity that has been running successful weekly support groups for almost 30 years. The Foundation's Patrons are Gabi Hollows and Professor Michael Friedlander, an eminent oncologist based at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. The groups have been running online ever since Covid hit, so people can Zoom in from anywhere. In my experience there is nothing as beneficial as being able to talk about your situation with others who truly get what it's like to be a cancer patient/survivor.
Firstly you are not alone! Many of us here are going through the same as you. So yes mate, we get it!
Next is if you feel the need to reach out to someone, please do so. And I mean PLEASE DO SO. For my own part I have been very well served by my local priest in this regard.
Prayer and or meditation can be of tremendous help to a racing mind. Just remember that it will take time.
If you would like me to pray for you please let me know and I will put you on my daily prayer list
Hello David_M, great to hear from you and go you for reaching out for support ! I am 17 months into my cancer journey with all my most recent surveillance tests very encouraging. The dream of returning to Spain to walk The Camino De Santiago again has kept me breathing throughout the most difficult and challenging time of my life. I am now strong and have touched the void….can look back a bit and feel my resilience and courage. So, am preparing to walk the pilgrimage again and now up to 16 kms a day…conquering my fears and doubts. Am dedicating this pilgrimage to all the Earth Angels who get us through this ordeal with their grace, love & expertise. Stay strong….feel your courage. My thoughts are with you. Ultreya….onwards with courage 🙏💖
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