Support groups have been around for decades and when it comes to cancer, the treatment keeps improving, but the impact from those groups is just as important as ever.
Several women meet for the U.W. Cancer Center Riverview in Wisconsin Rapids the second Monday of the month (except in January, June, July, August, and December) to not only receive coping resources for all stages of cancer, but to get the need support and understanding from those also going through the disease.
"It's very important to have a support group that help women find that there's other people out going through the treatment and that they're there and that they know what the other person is going through or have a similar experience that people in their lives might not know what it's like because they haven't been through cancer treatment," said Oncology Patient Navigator at the Center, Nicki Williams.
The Center for Disease Control's website shows that, globally, about 14 million people learn they have cancer each year and about eight million of those people lose that battle. It's physically and mentally anguishing even for those who survive it.
"It was scary to go through," said breast cancer survivor, Becky Krause.
Williams said she's seen many lives changed through the group and seen new friendships sprout or old ones grow closer. Two women who've known each other since high school both went through cancer and have been there for each other throughout the whole process. They said you need to laugh at it because the only other alternative is to cry.
The group also provides different speakers and ways of dealing with the pains associated with cancer. For May's meeting, Missy Cook with Cook Family Chiropractic talked about the benefits of getting this more holistic treatment.
"There's other things out there to help those, maybe more of the symptoms following cancer or cancer treatment, whether it be supplimentation, vitamin, massage, gental adjustments, just to boost their immune system," she said. "There's a lot of different things in addition to that that can help ease the journey."
There is also a men's group that meets every Tuesday of the month (except in January, June, July, August, and December) at the same time as the women's, 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Both groups are free and meant for people with all types of cancer and at any stage, including post cancer. You do not need to be receiving treatment from the U.W. Cancer Center to join. For more information, please call (715)421-7442.
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