I went to a Cancer Support Group last night. This is really my second visit to a support group, but the first visit was because there was a speaker so it was a little different. The speaker that I went to hear was from a place called The Victory Center which is a Cancer support Center which is where I ended up going for the second support group. That was a lot of explanation for something that doesn’t matter wasn’t it?
Anyway, in case you have never been to a support group I wanted to tell you about it. You know how in movies they always show a group of people meeting in a gym sitting in a circle in folding chairs talking? In some ways it was exactly like that. No wait! It was more like the scene in Jerry Maguire when he had her at hello. The Victory Center has a large room (where I do yoga on Monday & Thursday) and at one end is a living room suite of furniture. So that’s where the support group sits. People bring snacks, and at one end there is a table set up for coffee and water. Eventually there were about a dozen people who cycled in and out. All women this particular evening. There is a woman who is the support group – moderator? – she kind of leads and tries to keep a general order to things. It was a very comfortable feeling. I would recommend trying it to anyone who is dealing with something. It might just be what you need.
Everyone introduced themselves by first name and what type of cancer they had. Then because there was a new person (me) we went around again and said a synopsis of our cancer history. Because there were 12 people and cancer patients love to talk about their cancers and treatments this took the whole time. So I don’t know what happens on evenings when there aren’t new people. It was really interesting to hear everyones story. We ran the gamut from people who had relatively easy (?) cancers and treatments to people who had been through hell, and people who were choosing to treat their cancers without radiation & chemo and people who were choosing to just not treat their cancers and let it progress. No judgements.
Hopefully my schedule will permit to go again and see if it’s a fit for me. I have a problem with doing anything on a regular basis that takes me away for that long but I think it would be worth it if I can push myself. I think there is a lot of shared information, and support to be had there.
All right, enough shilly shallying this morning. Off to start my day. I think I will skip my 10,000 steps & treadmill today. My lungs don’t hurt as bad as they have been earlier this week but I have started coughing. I think I am FINALLY having some of the tissue break up that was microwaved. I heal incredibly slowly these days.