May 25, 2021 at 2:09 am
When I was told about group therapy, I told myself it probably wasn’t for me. I had this hard shell on and felt I could get through this with the help of friends and family. When the support wasn’t always there I look back and maybe should have considered a group therapy. Unfortunately, young adult cancer survivors who I met shared that most of the group sessions they went to were filled with cancer patients over the age of 50. Over the years I’ve realized that being diagnosed with cancer at a young age is different than someone who has dated, been married, had kids, etc. Luckily, I eventually found my group therapy through programs with True North Treks and First Descents. I wish I knew I about them right away, but I’m so glad I eventually did. The experiences I had on the treks and adventures really challenged me and allowed for me to try and love my body.
After the group trips, I also realized that one on one therapy was something I could benefit from. I found a therapist that aided in getting through survivorship. Not only did I learn a lot about my cancer experience, but about myself and thoughts that I had shoved deep even before cancer. I’m really glad that I sought out help in other ways. Many times a third party support who is not a friend or family member can really help you see and experience life in a way that you wouldn’t expect. Mental health and therapy might have a stigma, but I say there is NOTHING WRONG with seeking out help!