I do not dismiss for one second the wonderful skill of each doctor I worked with during my recovery from cancer. Their medical skills brought me through chemotherapy, radiation, tumor removal surgery and reconstructive surgery. Their medical skills and bedside manner were beyond reproach.
But there is another component in the midst of all of this thing called cancer. That intangible is family and friends who make up one's support group.
One's support group serves many functions. These people are present to offer assistance when needed. That could include rides, meals, changing dressings, bathing, visits and many more. In addition to these tangible assets are the more intangible such as encouragement, prayers, empathy and sometimes a kindly kick in the butt. Good friends and family seem to know what to say and when to say it.
I have friends who are fellow cancer patients who have chosen to keep their cancer private. That certainly is their privilege and their choice, and I respect that. They have chosen to keep their friends away and have failed to encourage a support group. It is my personal opinion that these individuals have lost a strong healing component. Research shows that a positive attitude and a positive support group aid in one's healing.
Open your heart and your mind, and welcome in those who offer support. A good place to start is with the cancer support group. We meet monthly in the Cancer Center. Do not feel obligated but feel welcome. I hope to see you there soon.
— Joe Vitale
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