This is a guest post by David Haas
Many cancer patients admit that being diagnosed with cancer was the most trying time of their lives. However, there is always hope for cancer patients, even patients with a rare and aggressive type of cancer -- like mesothelioma. Hope for many cancer patients comes in the form of a cancer network or a survivor network. Any doctor would always recommend his patients to these groups, and for good reasons.
Cancer networks offer hope
When like-minded people gather, amazing things can happen. Cancer patients in any stage can offer hope to their peers. Suddenly every fear and worry can dissipate in a matter of seconds by a few encouraging words from someone in the same situation.
When people have someone to lean on, anxiety subsides; it takes a back seat. Suddenly, cancer patients develop a new positive mindset, which also helps their health and recovery.
Patients in remission can encourage new patients, telling them that they will be alright, especially if they remain confident that they can beat the disease. The advice that remission patients give is invaluable to new patients; it gives new patients hope, which is something that doctors cannot always give.
Even just talking or writing about your feelings is therapeutic and can greatly help. Any type of communication is valuable to cancer patients.
Cancer networks offer knowledge
Though doctors offer important information, they cannot offer the type of information that directly relates to the cancer patient. By that I mean that many doctors have never had cancer, so they do not exactly know what their patients are feeling; they don't know what that fear feels like.
The people in cancer networks understand how it feels, and they have answers that many people do not have. They can offer tips, advice and words of hope to the other patients in the group. There are many ways to recover from the negative effects of cancer treatment, and patients in remission know the answers.
Cancer networks are also available online for patients who cannot attend in-person meetings. Though they are not as personal, they still offer the same type of hope and information for many cancer patients. If you are going through cancer treatment, please, find yourself a cancer network that you can join. The friends you make will help you fight your disease.