• Local support

    Asked by Shedriver1 on Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    Local support

    I am trying to find a support group in Nashua, NH. The first one I signed up for canceled due to lack of participation. I am struggling and feeling a little defeated right now!

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    • Beeps' Avatar

      I had a similar experience. I arrived at the group to find I was the only one there except the facilitator. She said it was hard to keep a group going because they all die.... Just what ya want to hear! I didn't even try to find another group for about a year. When I did... It was about an hours drive away. There, I found no one that had the same disease that I have... No one's experience was remotely similar to mine. The facilitator looked about 22 yrs old and did not stop the folks from rambling on about non- relevant stuff. If you continue to search, you may find another group. The facilitator's skills are an important piece in this.... Maybe this has something to do with people not showing up??? I've found some of the Internet 'groups' to be better than the face to face folks!
      There are live chat sites too. I've had several people who asked to exchange phone numbers and actually talk to each other! There are some great folks out there struggling with the often complicated issues that surround being diagnosed with cancer!
      It can be difficult to not feel defeated... But maybe you can try repeating over and again... I'm NOT defeated yet! I don't know if you are a believer...even if you are not- this still remains true.... Something a friend sent me:
      It cannot cripple love
      It cannot shatter hope
      It cannot corrode faith
      It cannot destroy confidence
      It cannot kill friendship
      It cannot shut out memories
      It cannot silence courage
      It cannot invade the soul
      It cannot destroy peace
      It cannot quench the spirit
      It cannot lesson the power of the resurrection
      It cannot steal eternal life!

      I've got this posted on my refrigerator where I see it each and every day! I also have the cards people have sent standing up where I see them each day! So- even if there seems to be no group that fits... It helps to have visual things placed about to consistently remind me of all the love and support of friends and family! Sometimes we really have to be intentional about not allowing ourselves to slip into the pit of despair...and when we do start feeling ourselves slip... have as many 'life-savers' available to grab ahold of as possible... its a long road... pace yourself!
      Very best wishes and God's love!

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      There's one at the Keene hospital, may be too far for you to drive, and I'm pretty sure there is one in Peterborough. Is there one in Manchester, maybe? I joined the group in Keene for a while, but dropped out in the Spring last year. For one thing, no one had my kind of cancer, and for another, I'd rather work in my garden than, as I put it at the time, "sit around and talk about cancer." But, for sure, that is just me, and many people like support groups and they're very nice people in the Keene group. I found WhatNext, and a great online group of people with my rare cancer, and by participating in those, I'm not confined for 2 hours, inside on a beautiful Spring day and can just participate at my own speed.
      Best of luck and I hope you find a good group.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      There is an online/on phone support organization called Imerman's Angels. You can find them by clicking here=>http://www.imermanangels.org/

      They will set you up with a one on one advisor/counselor that you can talk to.

      Not the same as a support group you visit in person, but helpful any way.

      Hope this might help some.

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      You can always contact this site with any specific questions or a need for general support...this is a support group in the best sense of the word! Good luck and God bless!

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Check the Foundation for Womens Cancer website for information on support groups. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago

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