Are you a “suffer in silence” type of guy? According to Atlanta-based medical historian Stuart Galishoff, you aren’t the only one. Most men cope with illness that way—even when it’s something as serious as prostate cancer. But going it alone isn’t good for your health. That’s because your reluctance to involve others may result in more tension and fear—and a longer recovery time. Social networking, whether online or in person, can help you find friendly folks to lean on. Here are ways to get connected to a caring community:
- Ask your healthcare team whether their hospitals or clinics sponsor support groups or wellness lectures.
- Contact national organizations, such as the American Cancer Society (ACS) http://www.cancer.org/ or Gilda’s Club Worldwide. You can call the ACS 24/7 at 1-800-227-2345. You can reach Gilda’s Club at 888-GILDA-4-U.
- Check with local houses of worship. Many churches, synagogues and mosques sponsor support groups and individual counseling. Speak with your pastor, rabbi or imam.
- Try online sources. Enter the phrase “prostate cancer support” into your favorite search engine for a selection of groups.
- Look to social media sites. Places like Facebook and Twitter can connect you to people going through the same issues.