Breast Cancer Support
You don’t have to face breast cancer alone. Having the support of others is an important part of breast cancer survivorship. Research from the National Breast Cancer Foundation shows that taking part in support groups, where you both give and receive help, is an effective way to reduce the stress and anxiety that can come with a breast cancer diagnosis.
National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation hosts monthly in-person and virtual support groups. Learn more at nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/breast-cancer-support-group.
Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community offers free support groups in a number of cities, the closest being in the Dallas area. CSC also has online support groups led by licensed professionals if attending an in-person support group isn’t a feasible option. You can learn more about breast cancer-related support groups at cancersupportcommunity.org.
Since cancer is less common among young adults, younger cancer patients can feel even more isolated. The organization, Stupid Cancer, seeks to help by creating connections between adolescent and young adult cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. You can join their Texas Facebook page to get started: facebook.com/groups/sctexas.
Reach to Recovery
The American Cancer Society offers one-on-one support through the Reach To Recovery program. Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are paired with breast cancer survivor volunteers. Learn more at the Reach To Recovery page: cancer.org/support-programs-and-services/reach-to-recovery.
Cancer Survivors Network
The American Cancer Society also offers the Cancer Survivors Network, which has discussion boards and a chat room where you can talk with other cancer survivors. To access the network, register online at csn.cancer.org.
GriefShare is a support group for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. A support group meets regularly at Calvary Baptist Church in Mexia. You can find out more about the group and their events at griefshare.org/groups/149655.
Being faced with a cancer diagnosis is scary but you don’t have to go through it alone. Freestone Medical Center is here to provide you and your family with the support and resources to get through this difficult time. Our providers are here to answer any questions you may have.