Movember Conversations: Giving and Getting Support
Movember is here, and it’s a time to focus on all aspects of men’s health from the physical to mental. People are always encouraging folks to reach out for support when help is needed, but let’s be frank...that can be easier said than done.
For Movember, we want to talk about how to find support and connect with others.
No matter where we are with our prostate cancer...
2020 has been an unpredictable year for all of us. It’s more important now than ever to take a second to acknowledge how far we have come on our journey with our health. Whether that means we have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer, consider ourselves survivors for many years, or are battling the looming anxiety of rising PSA or starting a new treatment.
When do I know it’s time to ask for help?
It can be hard to know when it is time to ask for help. Ultimately, everyone has to listen to their own instinct and recognize when the load is starting to get a little too heavy to shoulder alone. We cannot do it all - and that is okay. This is where turning to others for guidance and support can help lighten the load.
And remember, it is okay to ask for help.
What do our advocates say?
Our team of prostate cancer advocates have touched on this topic throughout their many writings. Read their perspectives on reaching out when times are tough...
- Dennis Golden in The Vanishing Man of Steel
- Simon Lord in The New Normal?
- Will Jones in Talk Helps
- Tony Collier in Supporting Men and Their Families
- Bob Tierno in Support and Friendship through Hard Times
Give support on ProstateCancer.net
Not only can it be hard to know when it’s time to ask for help, but you might also be wondering how to give support. Here are a couple of places to share your tips and provide support to other community members:
- Exchange strategies that are useful when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the side effects and ongoing anxieties of prostate cancer in our Q&A.
- Deciding on treatment options, especially when facing a recurrence or advanced prostate cancer, can be overwhelming. Share your experience with others in our Forums.
- Todd writes about the power in sharing your story as a way to cope, connect, and inspire others. Share your story with the community
- Support groups can be a great place to find connections. Are you involved with one? Share with others which support groups you like and how you found them in our Stories.
No matter where we are, it can be exhausting, but others’ support can make a world of difference.
Have you made personal connections through your journey with prostate cancer?