Support groups provide a safe space for individuals with similar struggles to share their stories, thoughts and feelings, and challenges in coping with the burdens they are carrying. Support groups bridge the gap between a person’s illness and their thirst for emotional support.
NCS Patient Support Group meets the third Tuesday of every month.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Midwest Cancer Center Community Room
17201 Wright Street
Omaha NE 68130
Lunch will be provided.
*Space is limited. Please register early for planning purposes.
You don’t have to carry the weight of the world alone. Being in a support group provides a confidential space to share stories and struggles with others who understand, as they are going through similar situations. Unexpressed emotions are a major reason why individuals oftentimes experience sadness, a sense of loneliness, anxiety or depression. Sharing these thoughts and feelings and learning different ways of coping in a group setting can help reduce this stress and anxiety.
Patients who benefit the most from participating in a support group are those who accept a sense of responsibility for making the group work by sharing concerns and partaking in group conversations.
Being surrounded by others who are going through or have been through what you are experiencing can be comforting.
Reduce Sense of Loneliness
Patients say that they no longer feel lonely and judged. They are happy to meet group members who are going through the same hurdles, giving a sense of relief.
Improve Social Skills
Experiencing a cancer diagnosis can lead to a withdrawal from social activities. A support group introduces patients the opportunity to enhance their ability to better interact with others and gain a sense of acceptance and belonging.
It is comforting to see other group members progressing in their healing process. Patients who attend become hopeful that they, too, can progress and feel better.
Reduce Stress Levels
Working on issues and concerns in a support group setting can assist in providing an overall reduction in stress and discomfort levels.
An Opportunity to Help Others
Feeling pleased about the progress patients have made personally leads to a desire to want to help others. Giving others the moral support they need helps one feel better too.
Most patients find that when they feel safe enough to share what is troubling them, the support group can be very helpful and affirming.
Gaining awareness by listening to others and thinking about how their experiences may apply to one’s life can be very rewarding.
All group members are expected to respect the confidentiality of the group. Group members are asked to make a commitment to protect each other’s privacy.