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Cancer Self-Help Groups: A Guide (Your Personal Health)by Pat Kelly
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A guide, written by and for cancer patients, to setting up self-help groups for cancer survivors. It's not a easy thing to do at a time of high stress, but many patients find the support invaluable. This book outlines strategies and skills to develop.
Thousands of new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in North America. Along with the diagnosis, people often experience feelings of fear and loneliness. Many people with cancer have found support and information from self-help groups for cancer patients and survivors, and have learned how to change the loneliness and fear of their diagnosis into a journey of hope and healing. A measure of the success of cancer self-help groups is their ever-increasing numbers.
Creating and maintaining an effective support group is not always easy. This manual — written by and for cancer patients, in collaboration with researchers and other experts — outlines strategies cancer survivors have discovered and the skills they have developed to meet the challenges of forming and working with their own support groups.
Cancer Self-Help Groups: A Guide builds upon the lessons learned from cancer patients who have started groups and participated as group members, and their stories have been included to help illustrate points in the text. The purpose of this manual is to offer encouragement and ideas to: people who want to start a cancer self-help grouppeople who are members of an established grouppeople who are thinking about facilitating a groupand people who are struggling with problems in cancer groups.
This extraordinarily helpful guide offers a wealth of useful information for those whose lives are affected by cancer. Chapter titles include the following: The Self-help Spirit: Connecting as a Way of HealingGetting StartedOrganizing Your First MeetingsChallenges Facing GroupsGrief, Loss, BereavementUsing HumorUsing the Internet for Information, Support and AdvocacyMaking Connections Beyond the Group
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