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Benefits of Support Groups

Going through a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer is difficult, but it can help to know that you are not the only one going through the experience. While not everyone wants or needs support beyond that offered by family and friends, you may find it helpful to turn to others outside your immediate circle. A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. A support group shouldn't replace your standard medical care, but it can be a valuable resource to help you cope. Support groups are not the same as group therapy sessions. Group therapy is a formal type of mental health treatment that brings together several people with similar conditions under the guidance of a trained mental health provider. Members of a support group usually share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation. Benefits of participating in support groups may include:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment and control

  • Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment

  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings

  • Reducing distress, depression or anxiety

  • Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation

  • Getting practical advice or information about treatment options

  • Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options.”

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