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Seeking Support from Childhood Cancer Support Groups

Cancer is a serious illness. It changes lives and can force the afflicted to view life through a different lens. The same holds for children diagnosed with cancer. Parents always want what is best for their children. Unfortunately, nature may have different plans. If a young member of your family has been diagnosed with cancer, it is a good idea to build a support network to guide your family. That is where childhood cancer support groups may prove valuable.

It is never a comfortable prospect to think about cancer and its effect on your child. However, you can feel at ease in knowing that people understand the trials and tribulations that your family is undergoing. By seeking guidance and turning to God, you and your child have the power to face these challenges with courage and grace.

How a Support Group Can Help Your Family

Support groups come in many forms. Many childhood cancer support groups may be a part of a ministry or run by a nonprofit organization. The leadership and members of these groups come from different walks of life, but they have similar objectives: to assist child patients, their parents, and family members through the many aspects of cancer treatment and recovery.

These groups have many functions. At their core, these are individuals who are committed to providing support and an empathetic ear to those who are suffering. Their members may include faith leaders, community organizers, and parents and former patients who have lived through the circumstances you are facing. Together, they provide a welcoming environment to discuss one another’s experiences and provide advice and hope.

Nobody has to fight this battle alone--especially when it comes to cancer. The value of being with other people is indispensable. Contemporary medicine, with all its advances and technological marvels, can do much to alleviate pain and suffering. Joining a support group adds another, critical element to your child’s treatment and recovery--which is, fellowship and compassion.

Seeking Guidance through the Lord’s Light

The Lord is the Giver of Life. By listening, and applying God’s teachings, you and your child will find the strength to overcome the challenges that lay ahead. Among the key lessons is to love one another: and a support group demonstrates faith in motion. Your local church or faith ministry may have a childhood cancer support group that would welcome your family. To get started, be sure to ask your faith leader about affiliated organizations.

Many support groups provide an inclusive environment that allows children to socialize and find strength in one another’s courage. Most importantly, they instill a feeling of community and remind others that they are never alone. It is strength in numbers that empower others to heal and discover a sense of grace.

Likewise, joining a support group as a parent or caregiver is a means to share your burdens. As a member, you can also find solace in the company of others. Members of your support group may share additional resources with you, such as where you can find assistance with your child’s cancer treatment.

A foundation built on faith provides the strength your family will need in the future. By joining a support group for serious illnesses, you can receive and give help in unexpected ways.

Contact us to learn about our faith and support initiatives. We serve families in Capitola and Santa Cruz, CA.