Everyone who has cancer remembers what it was like when they heard those words for the first time. No matter what kind you have, it feels like a death sentence. Then comes the period of testing and the waiting to know just how bad it is and what the course of treatment is going to be. At this point, some are relieved, while others feel an even greater weight.
Then comes time for treatment – chemo, radiation, surgery. Days of feeling very sick and days of feeling better, only to know the next treatment is coming up. Days of getting ready for procedures. And days of recovering from procedures. No two people are the same. No two cancer treatments are the same. Yet, there are many similarities.
Then there are the interactions with people. Those you come in contact with are well meaning, but often either don’t know what to say, or say exactly what you don’t need to hear. There is too often that constant state of feeling pitied for, or not cared about enough. Your family tries to be supportive, but often won’t let you grieve what you are going through because they feel like they must “focus on the positive”. All the while you know, there may not be a positive outcome when it comes to your health. In some cases, you are just counting the days you hope you have left – wanting to make the best out of them.
It would be an extreme understatement to say that going through cancer is very hard – no matter what kind you have. And, living with cancer can make you feel utterly alone – no matter what your prognosis. But, you don’t have to go through it alone. And, you don’t have to bear these burdens by yourself.
“It Takes One to Know One…”
One thing about cancer is that only someone who is or has gone through it can understand what it’s like to go through it. Together, those battling cancer can find help, comfort, and understanding with others who are experiencing what they are experiencing.
“It Takes One to Help One…”
In the midst of cancer, it’s easy to feel like you are helpless and therefore can’t be of help to anyone. But, the reality is you can help others going through cancer more than anyone else. Often what those with cancer need most is someone to talk to, someone who understands what it’s like living with cancer. It’s important to know that you aren’t the only one who is going through what you are going through. It is critical to be able to be open and upfront with how you feel and what your struggles are without feeling like the person you are talking to is constantly trying to steer you away from a difficult conversation that you need to have in order to deal with the emotional strain you are under.
Not only are there people out there that can be this for you, you can also be this for others too.
“Come be a part of a group that cares…”
If you can identify with what you’ve read, then we want to invite you to come be a part of the IT TAKES ONE group. We meet every other week at Crossbridge Baptist Church. You don’t have to be a member of the church, or even a Christian to attend. This group is here because we understand how difficult living with cancer can be and we care and want to walk through it with you.
Come join others, just like yourself, and support each other as you walk through this season. There are separate men’s and women’s groups. Everything is kept confidential, so you can have the freedom to be real about what’s going on inside you.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Don or Holly, visit the website, or call the church office. The website also contains a calendar with meeting dates and times.
Contact information and details are on the back of this pamphlet.