Pink Hope Patient Support Group

PINK HOPE PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP

Take pride in how far you’ve come & have faith in how far you can go.

LAUNCH OF PINK HOPE PATIENT SUPPORT GROUP

In May 2009 five women got together to pursue a common goal- that of helping women suffering from breast cancer to overcome their fear of the disease, and to help them cope with the difficult treatment.

These five women from diverse backgrounds had one thing in common- they were all breast cancer survivors. They all of them had the burning desire to help breast cancer patients get through the emotional and physical trauma caused by the diagnosis of the disease and its treatment, by sharing their experiences.

  • They realized that they could understand the problems, the anxieties, the fears of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer better than anyone else.
  • They realized that they were the best suited to inform patients about the different treatment options, the various side effects associated with the treatments and the best way to handle them.
  • They realized that women would be comfortable talking to them about their worries and uncertainties, some of which may be too minor or embarrassing to be discussed with the doctors.
  • They realized that they could give women suffering from breast cancer a lot of hope and show them that it was possible to lead a normal life after cancer.

WHY DO PATIENTS JOIN THE GROUP?

A Sense of belonging – Group members feel they are not alone. The Support Group operates like a surrogate family where members feel supported, cared for and accepted for themselves. Reduces Isolation – Groups develop a sense of community through shared feelings and experiences, and they feel connected with other members and these connections can help them to cope better with their treatments.

Empathy – People outside a support group may not understand the experiences of people who have cancer, or they may dismiss their feelings. In the group, people have experienced and understood. Feeling Safe – Inside the group many patients feel protected and safe to express their feelings. Outside the group patients will try to hide their feelings/emotions which would later put them into depression.

ROLE OF SUPPORT GROUP

Getting support from people who have been through the ordeal and survived will

  • Replace the FEAR with HOPE
  • Know they aren’t alone
  • Become more informed about cancer treatment and side-effects
  • Learn how other people deal with cancer and compare their experiences
  • Relax with others who understand what they are going through