A cancer journey can feel so lonely at times. Nobody understands exactly what you are going through, unless they have had cancer and most haven't. It's hard to burden your partner, friends and family with all of the emotions that flood your brain everyday. It's even harder for some to actually reach out for help, but you should reach out. Here in Ojai, there is a cancer support center, OjaiCARES. People kept telling me to reach out to them and I finally did. It was one of the best things to come out of having breast cancer.
- I met people that understood what cancer was doing to my body and mind.
- Support groups truly supported me and erased the feeling of loneliness.
- I was able to unload my frustrations and fears in a group setting and be heard.
- I took advantage of FREE services that were gentle and caring.
- I made new friends and found a way to give back to others with cancer.
- I found out about alternative therapies that would benefit my treatment and recovery.
- I found a safe place to go to be with other cancer survivors.
Cancer support is everywhere if you are willing to look for it and the services and support are usually FREE to you as a cancer patient and to your family and caregivers.
- Pick up the phone and call your oncologist's office for a support center near you or
- Call your local hospital or cancer treatment center for a list of their services or
- Check online for cancer support in your area.
You won't regret reaching out. At first I was reluctant to speak in a room full of strangers, but hearing their stories, their struggles and triumphs, gave me confidence that my journey was valid and worth being supported. I also found out new information and alternative treatments that would support my choices. You are not alone...don't try to do this alone. Reach out and get support today.