Being diagnosed with breast can be devastating; you do need support to cope with the disease. Friends and family are often first group of people who are present to comfort you. However, sometimes you need more than them. Nationwide, there are resources available to women who are victims of breast cancer; you will surely find a group to provide you important information and necessary assistance. You may also go on chat rooms and forums to express your fears and experiences, ask questions about the disease and its treatment. In fact, other women who have survived the cancer can provide you useful ideas to face the treatment and reduce its side effects.
Although neglected by most, church is an ideal place to get comfort. It is found in many studies a higher percentage of people who completely heal or survive cancer longer among people who go to church and pray regularly. This can be due to divine intervention or their state of mind – they believe God will heal them. As long as it is possible, go to church and make friends. Every day, take time to praise God and meditate. Certain great books such asSteps to Christ and Jesus Christ (a book written by Ellen G. White) can be a powerful tool to help you deepen your faith in God.
Faith in God and confidence in his love can make a big difference. It is so much easier to stay calm and feel less stressed when you are sure of God’s love and his care. Studies conducted worldwide have shown that religious faith has a positive effect on health. People who truly trust in God live longer and suffer fewer problems with depression and better manage their emotional response to traumatic events. While we cannot exclude that the supernatural and miraculous power of God brings sometimes healing into our lives, it is not necessarily always the case. Peace, assurance and hope that faith gives believers can provide a mental attitude that will influence health in general. A merry heart is a good medicine – and be even better, because the drugs often have destructive side effects.
Resources for cancer survivors are numerous. We do our best to list a few; however, you can still make your own research and find a group suitable for your situation. Some resources for cancer survivors include:
- American Cancer Society (ACS) – to find out about events, news, resources, and volunteer opportunities in your community, you can contact the ACS by calling 1-800-ACS-2345.
- Breast Cancer Network of Strength (Formerly known as Y–ME National Breast Cancer Organization) – a national network for information on breast cancer. You can also find links to other sites that support patients who struggle with breast cancer. You can get their support by dialing 1-800- 221-2141.
- The Cancer Club – founded and run by survivor Christine Clifford, this club offersinspirational books, comforting cancer survivor gifts plus humorous cancer cartoons and support for people and families dealing with cancer. You can contact them at 1-800-586-9062.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer – a national education and support organization that assists women diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization also assists family members, caregivers, friends and healthcare providers. Their helpline is 1-888-753-5222.
- National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) – a non-profit organization that provide information and educational resources on breast cancer in the United States to patients, medical professionals and the media. Their national support hotline is 1-800-221-2141.
- Breast Cancer Action – an active group that provides support for the newly diagnosed, caregivers, family members and health care providers. The main mission of BCA is to inspire change to end the breast cancer epidemic.