The St. Joseph Catholic Community’s Cancer Support Group holds meetings for people whose lives have been touched by this disease. The SJCC Cancer Support Group’s goals are to help people to receive the emotional and educational support throughout the experience with cancer.
Even though many people are supported by family and friends when receiving a cancer diagnosis, the main reason they choose to join a support group is to be with others with similar cancer experiences. The group offers a safe space to share feelings and challenges while at the same time, learning from others who are facing similar situations.
Loneliness and isolation are other common feelings because even the most supportive family members and friends cannot understand exactly how it feels to have cancer. This can help reduce stress. Exchanging information and advice may provide 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
SJCC’s Cancer Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Rosary for Life for those who have cancer takes place on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. or the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. following daily Mass.
For more information about the Cancer Support Group, please contact Biji James via email or call 443-920-9107.