Being diagnosed with cancer of any form can be life changing. In fact, the song “Live Like You Were Dying” sums it up the priority change you can go through quite nicely. The thing to remember is that some patients with prostate cancer choose to fight in and may be in a stage of cancer where they can do so effectively. However, others may not be able to choose to fight the cancer. Prostate cancer often is not diagnosed until it is in a later stage. So, often times those who are diagnosed choose to simply live with the cancer and their fate.
No matter if you are choosing to treat the cancer, or not treat the cancer, getting support to help you through the ordeal emotionally is a great idea. If you have family and friend support in your life, you may feel as if you are adequately supported emotionally. However, they may not fully understand what you are feeling and going through. They may try to be there, but you might get frustrated when they don’t get it.
In addition, there are many men with prostate cancer that don’t really have a great support system of family or friends. These men really do need to reach out for support when they are going through prostate cancer. The symptoms and mental strain can be difficult to handle and many men get depressed during these times.
One way you can reach out to find emotional support is via local support groups. Most major cancer centers have support groups for everyone in the community. If you are lucky enough to live near one, you should have no problems at all finding one available. However, if you don’t live near a cancer center, you may need to talk with your doctor to get an idea of where to begin.
Some smaller towns have general cancer support groups that meet at a school or at a church. Some will meet once a week or others will meet several times a week. Although not everyone there will have prostate cancer, everyone will be dealing with the same emotional aspects of having cancer.
There will be people at the meetings that are going through treatment and people that are choosing not to treat their prostate cancer. So, no matter where you are in your life with prostate cancer, you should be able to find someone to relate to.
When you go to meetings, there are several things that may happen. You may be asked to tell your personal story with cancer or you may not be asked at all. You might be listening to someone else speak that night. You may also be learning lessons on how to cope with cancer. Different meetings are ran in different manners.
However, one thing can be certain. You will likely benefit emotionally from going to support meetings for your prostate cancer and hearing others talk about their struggles and accomplishments with cancer as well. So, even if you are a little worried about how you feel when you go, you should at least go and try it once to see if it helps you or not. Chances are you will feel a lot better after going!