Why Attend A Support Group?
Talk to Someone Who’s Been There
A Support Group is intended to offer a comfortable environment to ask questions and process your feelings with respect to your Prostate Cancer. You will benefit from shared practical experiences of how others dealt with their difficulties. We provide an opportunity ask questions and, as you come to trust your peers, to share your concerns and how you are feeling to assist in easing your stress. We are all open to sharing our stories, journeys and experiences in the hope that you can relate and feel supported in your situation.
Support groups demonstrate that you are not alone, and that others share similar experiences and concerns. Participating in a support group can include the following benefits:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- A clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Gaining sense of empowerment and control
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Improved coping skills and adjustment
- Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
- An opportunity to talk openly and honestly about your feelings
- Learning about new medical research
- Reduction in distress, depression or anxiety
For Spouses and Partners
It is important spouses and partners learn about prostate cancer and its effects on their lives and relationships:
- So many men say that they could not have gotten through Prostate Cancer, its treatments and side-effects, without the love and support of wives or partners.
- Prostate Cancer is a “couples illness” in which the disease, as well as its treatments, affect relationships throughout the diagnosis, treatment and survival journey.
- Advice, personal experiences, and empathy from others who have gone through the same journey can help as you advocate for your loved one.
- We can provide links to valuable resources designed specifically for wives, partners and family members of Prostate Cancer patients.
- Alternatively, we can arrange for one-on-one discussions with other women who have gone through similar experiences.
Seven Steps to Make Your Journey Easier
1. Educate yourself: Learning about prostate cancer, its treatment options, and the potential side effects can help you make informed decisions.
2. Build a support network: Reach out to family, friends, and support groups to help you navigate the emotional and physical challenges of a prostate cancer diagnosis. A support network can make a big difference in coping with the disease.
3. Stay active: Regular exercise can help reduce the side effects of treatment, improve your mood, and boost your energy levels. Talk to your doctor about what exercise is safe and appropriate for you.
4. Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help support your immune system and overall health. Avoid processed foods and foods high in saturated fats.
5. Take care of your mental health: Prostate cancer can be emotionally challenging. Consider seeing a therapist or joining a support group to help you cope with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues that may arise during your journey.
6. Communicate with your healthcare team: Be open and honest with your doctors about how you’re feeling, both physically and emotionally. This can help them provide you with the best possible care.
7. Practice self-care: Take time to do things that bring you joy and relaxation, such as reading, listening to music, or practicing meditation. This can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
Remember, everyone’s prostate cancer journey is different, so it’s important to find the strategies that work best for you. Don’t be afraid to seek help when needed; take things one day at a time