Social support is the physical, emotional, spiritual encouragement given to you by family members, friends, spiritual advisors, co-workers, health care providers and other cancer survivors. Know that you are part of a community of people who value and care for you.

Types of social support

Support can come in many different forms. There are six main types of social support:

Emotional support: This is the most common type of encouragement that people think about when it comes to social support. People are emotionally supportive when those around you say or do things that empower you. These people are a help not a hindrance and their actions show that they care about you. They are empathetic and understanding towards the distress you may be facing. For example, talking about your feelings, especially when you are having bad days, really helps put things back into perspective. Cancer survivors can be their own worst critics therefore; having a support system there for you is a great comfort.

Practical help: There are plenty of people out there more than willing to provide practical help when you need it. This support system understands what you have been through and cares about you enough to provide essentials to help you complete tasks in your daily life. Examples of practical help come in a variety of ways. Things such as gifts of money or helping with cleaning, cooking, transportation or child care are a few ways practical help can be a huge lift in getting your life on track after being derailed.

Sharing points of view: Hearing different points of view about a specific situation can help you become better informed on making better choices. As a result you can ultimately decide the best way to handle it. For example, sharing in groups, with friends, family or even other survivors in our chat forum, may offer points of view you hadn’t considered. This may help you to better address the situation you may be confronted with.

Sharing information: It can be very helpful when experts provide factual health information about any health problem you may be continuing to experience after your treatment has ended. This is the reason why Life After Cancer Network has the Natural Health Care Provider Network available to all our members. These providers understand the needs of cancer survivors and are here to share their expertise for your benefit. They are here solely to support you in the restoration of health, naturally.

Spiritual Support : After being ill, it’s common to seek comfort, meaning and hope through spirituality. Both religious and non-religious leaders play an important role in spiritual care. We encourage you to explore your own beliefs and values and talk with others where you feel comfortable and spiritually connected. Be in the presence of those who may offer support through prayer, spiritual readings, sacred rituals and music. With your permission, allow yourself to receive the spiritual resources available, opening your heart, knowing you are never alone.

Physical Support: Most survivors struggle with some kind of physical impairment as a result of their cancer treatment. Studies reveal that 50% of cancer survivors show lingering effects from their cancer treatment, over 25% develop recurrence of new cancers and 75% can expect to have some kind of health concern associated with their treatment. Our network of Natural Health Care Providers is here to answer any questions you may have with regard to your physical ailment. We are the only organization in the country that has national members such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists and more here to provide non-surgical and drugless solutions to cancer survivors. Don’t be afraid to ask, you’ll be glad you did.

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