How an online community can help people with cancer cope
Whether you or a loved one is affected by cancer, we understand that everyone’s experience is different. It’s normal to go through a range of emotions – everyone reacts and copes in their own way.
However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, people with cancer and caregivers may feel amplified emotions of anxiety and loneliness or experience new emotions altogether. With physical distancing and changes to our normal routines, this time of increased health concern can be especially challenging for those affected by cancer.
That’s why the Canadian Cancer Society is continuing to offer our telephone and online support services to help people better manage cancer, find community and connection, and build wellness and resilience in the comfort of their homes.
Now and all year-round, our online community at CancerConnection.ca is there for people like Wes.
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After the online community gave so much to him, Wes decided to give back as a community mentor on the site and be a source of support for others. As a mentor, Wes welcomes new members, starts discussions and helps members navigate their cancer journey.
“I see what people post now and it’s almost identical to what I posted when I was diagnosed,” says Wes. “I can relate 100% to these members and provide guidance based on my experience. Giving back what was given to me makes me feel good.”
Having a supportive community of individuals that are going through similar emotions and experiences can help people affected by cancer feel less anxious, more hopeful, and better able to cope with their cancer journey. During a time like this, when people may feel especially isolated or lonely, support for our services like CancerConnection.ca is more important than ever.
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On CancerConnection.ca, you’ll find discussions about different cancer types, the emotional roller coaster of cancer, caring for someone with cancer and many more. If you or a loved one is affected by cancer during this time, some new discussions related to cancer and COVID-19 that you may find useful are COVID-19, COVID-19 repercussions and coronavirus and cancer treatments. In these threads, members are opening up about their questions, concerns and experiences in a safe and supportive environment – and you can too.
We encourage you to join the conversation, build connection and find the support you need on CancerConnection.ca.