This post is a part of the week long Live Your Best Life series in celebration of Survivor Week.
From joining an online support group, to volunteering, to Facebook, having a community to turn to can be a lifeline in the midst of constant tests and treatments. It may seem cliché, but you’re not alone. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, simply reaching out to share everything from milestones to disappointments can remind you of that when times get tough. Communities can also be great spaces to share information, news and advice.
If you’re feeling intimidated about looking for a community, you’ve come to the right place. We have many ways to get involved, no matter your personality, strengths or skills! You may be someone who’s pumped about participating in an Undy Run/Walk or you may prefer to give emotional support to someone who’s been recently diagnosed. You may even want to become an advocate—championing awareness, access to screening and funding for research.
Looking for ways to get involved in the community? Here’s our top 5:
- Join Blue Hope Nation to chat and share information with more than 5,000 survivors, caregivers and those going through treatment.
- Pay it forward by becoming a Buddy! We have a peer-to-peer buddy program where patients and caregivers can receive support from people who’ve been in their shoes.
- Face-to-face colon cancer support groups may be rare, but you can still get some face time with other survivors at events like our upcoming National Conference on Oct. 30-31 in Phoenix, Arizona!
- Participate in an Undy Run/Walk or volunteer! Not only is the Undy a great way to raise awareness, it’s also a fun way to meet other survivors and people affected by colon cancer.
- Become a Colon Cancer Alliance advocate and help create change!
You’re Not Alone
Life after a colon cancer diagnosis can seem scary and even isolating, but there’s a strong community of other survivors who know how you feel and can offer support. You can even find comfort in your neighborhood, spiritual or professional community.
And, as always, we’re here if you need us—call our Toll-free Helpline at (877) 422-2030 to learn more about how you can get involved!
How has being a part of a supportive community helped you?
Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.