• does anyone know of a chatline for support-- i sometimes can't sleep and would like someone to "talk" to

    Asked by alexander on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    does anyone know of a chatline for support-- i sometimes can't sleep and would like someone to "talk" to

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I'm sorry, I don't know of any in particular. I know through my insurance blue cross they offer a 24 hr nurse line and they've told me I can call them anytime to speak to one for whatever reason.....but I haven't called. For me, nothing beats talking/chatting with someone who is or has gone through treatment. Whatnext is as close to that, that I've found. I wish there was an option to make the experience a bit more "live"...like a chatroom. To have as an option for anyone needing some company at whatever hour of the day. One can dream. Maybe someone here has knowledge of something...

      almost 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      When I was first searching for online cancer forums about a year ago, I did come across a couple that did have a chat feature, but they were rarely if ever used.

      almost 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I am sorry that I don't know of any from personal experience. One that was given to me, but I haven't used is Cancer Care http://www.cancercare.org/support_groups based in the northeastern U.S. It's run with the guidance of oncology social workers. Maybe that's something you could look into.

      almost 8 years ago
    • greensmythe's Avatar

      I have been looking for something similar myself- sleeplessness is tough and if there were someone to talk to who is going through or has gone through similar experiences it would really be a help. The only challenge with these online support groups like Freebird described is that they have specific times when they meet- a 24 hour coffeehouse type chatroom would be great- maybe no one would be there-but who knows?

      almost 8 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      A chat room would be a great thing to start, I have a very hard time sleeping. I am having pain issues that cause my sleeplessness, this would be a better use of my time than reading or playing games. Tracy

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Maybe WhatNext can add a chatline feature.

      almost 8 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I don't know how useful a chat room would be on this site. It's kind of nice keeping it simple. You can also search for, and connect with people directly through this website.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      Frankly, I think this forum is better than a chatline. Here you can post a message, have it read by a variety of people from different backgrounds, and get several responses. In a chatroom you only talk to whoever is online at the same time. I'll bet there are few online at 3AM.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      I agree, a chat room would be helpful. living alone some of us have very little in support, hesitate to talk real with our families, try to hang tough alone. Sometimes I am amazed at what is expected of us by those who have backed away.

      almost 8 years ago
    • WizardOfWesley's Avatar

      I belong to a few private support pages on Facebook ..where we chat with each other ...and have exchanged phone numbers ...with people in every time zone ...always someone to talk to thats walked at least a mile in my shoes ...hope that helps ...

      almost 8 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar


      I agree that it would be very helpful. I have, however, found this site to be a GREAT help to me personally. We all have questions and "rough patches" to get through talking or web chatting is great even with my slow error filled typing skills.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Lillylung's Avatar

      I contacted the American Cancer Society, they have a phone buddy program. The coordinator will send you information on several people that have volunteered and have the same diagnosis or concerns that you do. You are not required to contact anybody if you are not comfortable doing so, they will continue to send you people that may be a match for you if you wish. The coordinator was very helpful and understanding of my particular needs. As it turned out I didn't contact anyone but did join a support group at Moffitt (where I had surgery, Radiation & Chemo) The people in the support group and the two social workers are wonderful. I have made friends with several of the members and we have gone on shopping trips, lunch et.
      Best of luck to you. Would love to know if you find a chat program and how you like it.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      Have you tried calling or contacting the American Cancer society?

      almost 8 years ago
    • maralyn's Avatar

      the american cancer society has the: 1-[phone number redacted] to call,,, they will help you scout out anything or actually "talk" to you about whatever is on your mind,,, they have helped me out before when i did not know there was online support like this available,,, sure worth a try,,, i myself have had many sleepless nights,,, soft music has helped calm my mind many times, too!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • TammyF's Avatar

      I too am up allot at night, you can find me on facebook or email [email redacted]
      I would be happy to listen to you anytime and provide support as someone that cares, I am my husbands caregiver and best friend he has esophageal cancer

      almost 8 years ago
    • soni's Avatar

      I'm noticing that people rarely show up here. Some 6/7 months ago. That's really too bad as there is really no place to go/chat/sometimes cry & laugh too. There is a real need for us!! A chat line on here would be amazing! You/anyone who wants to chat; I'm always around lately as I stay pretty close now and have pain issues that I deal with.....Soni

      over 7 years ago
    • Chris68's Avatar

      Has anyone had their spouse ask for a divorce "when this is over" .. My husband is in the mid of radiation for squamous cell tonsil cancer and he's "done" with us and everything. We don't have children but the nurses have told me they have this happen. Most co e out ok but some spouses cannot forgive what is said to them ... I love him but he's shut down and in a lot of pain. I just don't know if he's saying mean things to me to be lashing out or if its true! And we were doing "ok" as far as I know before the literal shock of this diagnosis in July happened. I'm devastated and we have 5 more weeks of this and then what? I'm done? I just need to know if it's the illness or if its true and the only way to find out is ride out the next 2-3 months. But I'm already shocked and then he wants to be "normal" and watch a fave show of ours or give me a hug goodnight. So confused!!!!!!!

      almost 7 years ago

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