"Support Of Hope"
"Support Of Hope" is a support group that provides a safe place to express your thoughts and feelings, to support and learn from each other, and to consider ways to cope with the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of cancer illnesses. Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences of a person's life. Support groups help many people cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a safe place to share experiences and learn from others who are facing similar situations. "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
Our support group is a non-denominational based ministry for men and woman and includes all cancer patients, cancer survivors and their friends, family and caregivers. We will cover many specific topics and will provide some special speakers at our group meetings.
The topics we will discuss may cover some of the following:
- Education And Information
- Practical Resources For Patients and Families
- Caring For the Caregiver
- Motivation And Inspiration
- Encouragement For Biblical Believers and Non-Believers
- Question And Answer Opportunities
- What's On Your Mind Discussion (Tell Your Story)
We welcome each of you as part of our extended family, with a non-judgmental ear, mind and heart. We are here for you and your family. Our meetings are held with a casual and relaxed atmosphere. We encourage you to come join us, just as you are and to represent who you are. This is a place for you to be comfortable and to just be yourself!
The TUFF Cancer Care Mission:
"To assist cancer patients, survivors and their families with the tools and resources that will provide strength, knowledge and guidance with spiritual and compassionate support."
Reasons To Join A Support Group
Hearing the news of your cancer diagnosis triggers a strong emotional response. While some people experience shock, anger, and disbelief, others may feel intense sadness, fear, and a sense of loss. A person may also feel lonely and isolated, as even the most supportive family and friends cannot understand exactly how it feels to have cancer.
Support groups offer the chance for people to talk about their experiences with others living with cancer. Group members can share feelings and experiences that seem too strange or too difficult to share with family and friends. The group experience often creates a sense of belonging that helps each person feel less alone and more understood. Sharing feelings and fears with others who understand may also help reduce stress.
In addition to sharing their feelings and experiences, support group members discuss practical information, such as what to expect during treatment, how to manage pain and other side effects of treatment, and how to communicate with health care providers and family members. Exchanging information and advice may help achieve a sense of control and reduce feelings of helplessness.
Many studies have shown that support groups help people with cancer feel less depressed and anxious and more hopeful. Although support groups are not for everyone, people who benefit from support groups may find themselves better able to handle their emotions.
Nurturing the Spirit when Cancer is Advanced
Life changes in many ways when you or a loved one face cancer. You may find yourself turning more frequently to your spiritual beliefs for strength and comfort. On the other hand, you may feel angry and question your faith. Don't be alarmed. Both of these reactions are normal as you try to readjust your life and cope with a serious illness such as advanced cancer.
This brief will respond to some common questions asked by families facing cancer and describe how spirituality can be a support in coping. We hope that this information will encourage you to discuss your spiritual concerns with loved ones, members of your health care team, and clergy.
What is spirituality? What does it have to do with religion?
Each of us has spiritual needs for a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Spirituality refers to each individual's beliefs about, and experience of, the meaning of life. It also refers to our need for a sense of connection to the deepest meaning of life, whether we call that God, truth or some other term. Everyone has a spiritual dimension, whether or not we attend organized services. Spiritual moments can happen at any time: when you feel close to nature, look into the face of a loved one, reach out to a person in need, or enter a house of worship and sense a greater power.
Religions are best thought of as traditions of spirituality developed over thousands of years. For some people, these traditions help to develop their sense of meaning and purpose in life. Still others draw their spiritual beliefs from philosophy, poetry, and life experiences. Some of us have thought about these matters a great deal. Others simply live their beliefs. But all of us are spiritual in our own way.
How can a sense of spirituality help you with cancer?
A sense of meaning and purpose beyond yourself can help improve your quality of life during cancer. Spiritual reflection can provide comfort, inspiration, a sense of self-worth, connection to and support from a spiritual community. For many, spirituality can provide hope and a sense of closeness with God or a higher power, giving focus and direction to life.
Without doubt, your spiritual outlook can change during a crisis such as cancer. Some people are able to find meaning and hope in the face of a cancer diagnosis by re-examining their system of beliefs and values. This helps people to avoid despair and focus on positive factors, no matter how small. It is natural to hope for a complete cure at the time of diagnosis. If cure is not possible, you may hope for a long remission. If treatment fails, you may hope for more time with loved ones, good pain management, and death with dignity, according to your wishes.
Lastly, you may decide to reorganize your priorities, choosing to spend more time with loved ones and less time working, or taking the extra moment to stop and "smell the roses." In these ways, a sense of spirituality can make the stress of cancer more bearable.
What can I do if I've never been aware of my spirituality before?
We can grow spiritually throughout our lives. The crisis of advanced cancer is extremely difficult, but it can also usher in a tremendous period of growth, bring us face to face with central struggles in our lives, and prompt us to search for what really matters to us.
Am I spiritually lost if I am angry, confused, or frightened?
Most people facing cancer feel spiritually troubled at some time, especially if the disease is advanced. It's natural to feel angry and betrayed because you have been given the misfortune of cancer. You may feel cheated if you have lived a good, productive or religious life. You are entitled to have doubts, to question God, or your beliefs and to be angry. No one can answer why some people get cancer and others do not. Such feelings do not imply that you are not a spiritual person. It's important to discuss these uncertainties with loved ones or clergy. That way, you can get support and explore different ways to understand your situation.
Which spiritual practices can help me to cope with cancer and the end of life?
Spiritual practices, such as prayer, meditation, and worship, can help to calm and restore you during times of extreme stress. Familiar religious rituals can be comforting, whether these are practiced in a group setting or on your own. They can give you a sense of attachment to family, ancestors, your spiritual community, and God at a time when you may be feeling lonely and isolated.
People facing advanced cancer need time to reflect on the meaning of their life, call to mind strengths and accomplishments, especially in light of obstacles encountered. It's also helpful to face past regrets, make amends if possible, and forgive oneself and others. This process can be helped by reflecting with loved ones, counselors, and clergy upon such questions as "What did my life mean?", "What is still there for me to accomplish?", and "How will I live on after I die?"
Many people find comfort in contemplating an afterlife, which may include reunion with deceased loved ones. It can be useful to discuss how your tradition views afterlife and decide whether this perspective is helpful to you now. Your clergy may be able to suggest reading material in which others have explored these issues.
Suggestions for nurturing your spirit:
- Seek the support of others. Turn to family and friends, support groups, clergy, counselors, health professionals, members of your spiritual community. Discuss painful or distressing feelings with them. Don't try to handle this alone - we are not meant to do that.
- Reflect on your own life journey, meaning and purpose. You may want to record your thoughts in a journal, or make a tape about your thoughts and experiences.
- Find ways to pray or meditate that are meaningful to you. Your religious tradition may have special prayers or rituals that will calm and comfort you.
- Read spiritual writings or have them read to you. The Bible and many other related books and resources, can link you with the holy and you can draw strength from the wisdom of these traditions.
- Retreat to spiritual spaces or natural settings. Listening to fine music and appreciating beautiful surroundings can help you feel connected to a greater whole.
- Pay attention to moments of beauty, peace, love, and hope. Share them with others and capture them for recall during times of distress.
"Support Of Hope"
***Registration for our next support group is now open***
Beginning: April 01, 2016, we will meet on the: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.
From: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sunrise Senior Living
The Terrace Club/Second Floor
1555 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway
Henderson, NV 89012
To register, please contact us at: (702) 569-9901 or use the e-mail form below: