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    luckylady asked a questionBreast Cancer

    How do my experiences compare with others?

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      I choose not to go to a local support group but only because it meant one more time away from home and other aspects of my life which help keep my spirits up. I suppose there was also a deep sense that I needed to protect myself from taking on everyone elses' problems (I am a nurse and I tend to do that anyway). That sounds a bit selfish, but I think most people on this site understand that. Also, the support group meets at the clinic/hospital where I go. I spent so much time at the clinic/hospital between August and now that I just wanted to avoid it. I do have a wonderful support group of family and friends both locally and online so even though most of them have not dealt with cancer, they have been my group to vent to, cry with, pray with and for me, hold my hands when I am scared and sometimes to help distract me from my fears by getting me back into "normal activities."
      I have found this site very helpful for many reasons. I agree that here we can ask any questions and even though our situations may be different, it is really helpful to hear of others' experiences and get feedback about concerns or how to deal with side effects, etc. I can't predict what I will do the further away I get from my diagnosis and treatment but I know that I will always keep an eye on this site. I don't want cancer to be the sum total my existence for the rest of my life, but I do want it to be one of the learning experiences that makes me a better person.

      over 4 years ago
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      I have. Not used a support group. I have friends and family that are my support. I found the What Next website to be most supportive. My questions were always answered. I am thankful for the support. Thanks to everyone!

      over 4 years ago
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      One thing I learned real quick is no two stories are alike. We are on our own journey.

      30 days ago
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    luckylady asked a questionBreast Cancer

    How do my experiences compare with others?

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      CAL

      I choose not to go to a local support group but only because it meant one more time away from home and other aspects of my life which help keep my spirits up. I suppose there was also a deep sense that I needed to protect myself from taking on everyone elses' problems (I am a nurse and I tend to do that anyway). That sounds a bit selfish, but I think most people on this site understand that. Also, the support group meets at the clinic/hospital where I go. I spent so much time at the clinic/hospital between August and now that I just wanted to avoid it. I do have a wonderful support group of family and friends both locally and online so even though most of them have not dealt with cancer, they have been my group to vent to, cry with, pray with and for me, hold my hands when I am scared and sometimes to help distract me from my fears by getting me back into "normal activities."
      I have found this site very helpful for many reasons. I agree that here we can ask any questions and even though our situations may be different, it is really helpful to hear of others' experiences and get feedback about concerns or how to deal with side effects, etc. I can't predict what I will do the further away I get from my diagnosis and treatment but I know that I will always keep an eye on this site. I don't want cancer to be the sum total my existence for the rest of my life, but I do want it to be one of the learning experiences that makes me a better person.

      over 4 years ago
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      Giraffe

      I have. Not used a support group. I have friends and family that are my support. I found the What Next website to be most supportive. My questions were always answered. I am thankful for the support. Thanks to everyone!

      over 4 years ago
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      Melp

      One thing I learned real quick is no two stories are alike. We are on our own journey.

      30 days ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Lumpectomy): I took quite a while to heal (4 months) and am wondering how that compares to others experiences. I just started radiation treatment an am concerned about all the radiation exposure.