Four reasons why a support group could benefit you

Are you picturing a stereotypical support group meeting? Think again!

We get it – the prospect of support groups can be rather daunting. When we hear those two words together, many of us will often picture a small, dingy space and plastic chairs spaced out in a circle but in fact our support groups look like this…

1. You’ll join a positive and supportive community

Our groups are here to welcome you with open arms. We run both virtual and face-to-face support groups, but both uphold the same core values and community spirit. 

2. There is no pressure to speak up or share

It is completely up to you how much you want to participate. Maybe for your first few sessions, you would rather be an active listener and work your way into it! There is no right or wrong way; do what makes you comfortable.

3. Get a plethora of practical tips and expert insights

Support groups are only for emotional support? Think again! We are often joined by different medical experts who share valuable insights about your diagnosis, managing your symptoms and any updates you need to know.

4. Hear from others about their own journey

Peer support is at the core of our groups. They are an opportunity to connect with others who share a similar experience and can empathise with how you or your loved ones may be feeling.

Don’t believe us? Hear from someone who recently joined our support group meetings.

“The relaxed and friendly support group meeting is a great place to exchange experiences with those who share a similar journy, which are presented by helpful and knowledgeable coordinators. I would strongly urge anyone to look into what support is available if you are after first-hand information. Make contact with the team; I am certain you will find it more than helpful when you or a loved one has been diagnosed.”

So, let’s wrap this up. Our support groups can offer a supportive and informative space for anyone affected by a blood cancer diagnosis. Don’t let myths and misconceptions hold you back from receiving the support you deserve. 

To find a support group in your local area or for your specific disease type, sign up here. Alternatively, talk to a member of the support team who can guide you through which groups are best suited for you by emailing support@leukaemiacare.org.uk or calling 08088 010 444

Coping with bereavement

For most of us, losing a loved one can be devastating and lonely. Grief is what you will normally experience when somebody you are close to dies and it affects people in different ways.

Read More