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About this group

Research shows the person you’re supporting benefits most when you are healthy and your life is balanced. With this in mind, supporters are encouraged to take time and care tending to their own health and spirit.

When someone we care about is diagnosed with cancer, we tend to focus our attention on their condition. We may feel sad, fearful or angry, all stemming from concern and uncertainty. As supporters, we may feel alone in our emotions, and discount our experience as relatively not important. Yet acknowledging the changes created in our lives and our relationships will better equip us in providing meaningful support.

One of the best ways to gain support as a supporter is to talk to others who share similar experiences. Open communication in a safe environment can help supporters feel stronger, more involved, and in more control of any challenges they may be facing. In this way, supporters can share resources and tips they’ve learned along the way.


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I'm Cocogirl, and I support someone with cancer
My husband is three months from his last radiation treatment. He still has a feeding tube and is still very dependent on it. He says the main reason he doesn't want to eat is because he has no ...
  • Sat Feb 28, 2015 · Like2
I'm Melanie S., and I'm a survivor of Breast Cancer
Yes, I have mild lymphedema that occurred after my mastectomy from having 18 lymph nodes removed. I had "cording" after surgery where a cord was very pronounced going all the way from under my arm ...
  • Sat May 31, 2014 · Like1
I'm Ernie, and I support someone with cancer
I feel that the above comment courtesy of Emily is irrefutable!! In particular, "spend each waking moment thankful that you have her." is great advice, that we should all probably try to follow mo...
  • Thu Aug 21, 2014 · Like2
I'm Bilbosmom, and I support someone with cancer
Hi, You posted in April. What has happened since then?
  • Sun Jul 27, 2014 ·
I'm Diannaells, and I support someone with cancer
I was forced to breathe in asbestos and I got injected with hiv and asbestos dust in the throat and neck. I feel like I'm going to wake up one day and have cancer in the throat and cervical spine....
  • Sun Dec 14, 2014 · Like1
I'm headbands, and I support someone with cancer
I am asking the community to keep Bruce Maddox . in your prayers. The doctors are saying there is no more they can do medically for him. He was diagnosed six years age with rectal cancer carcinoid...
  • Tue Jul 1, 2014 · Like3
Updated Dec 28, 2012
One of my close friends is running in Bermuda in January of 2013 to find treatments for blood cancers. It's a 10k mile run, and if anyone can make a $5 or $10 donation, it will be much appriciated... more
Created Aug 13, 2012
Tips for friends and relatives on how they can support a loved one dealing with cancer. Written from the perspective of supporting a woman with cancer, some of the tips are also relevant for men.
Uploaded Jul 20, 2011
Finding out that someone you work with has cancer can be difficult. You may have many questions, both about cancer itself and about how you should talk and act around this person. You may wonder ho... more
Updated Jul 20, 2011
Family members often wonder what they can do when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer. Yet spending time with you, even without doing anything in particular, can already be a tremendous comfort to... more
Created Jun 27, 2011
Its fairly common to feel a loss of words when hearing a loved one has cancer. You may fear saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and yet the need to say something can weigh heavily on... more