With all the tests and treatments your social life may have dwindled, and keeping up with friends and extended family may have become a challenge. Keeping a reasonably busy social life, however, can do wonders for your general morale and is a recognised anti-aging method!
Indeed, many men diagnosed with prostate cancer say that they have found a new energy in their social life. Some may have discovered patient organisations that have helped them learn about the disease and its consequences, and allowed them to engage in conversations with others in a similar situation. Others may have joined a new club or association where nobody knows about their illness.
“Meeting a group of patients is very good support. Our patient association allows us to talk among ourselves and ask the doctors questions. You may be informed regularly, by several sources, to change your attitude and the way you look at things. It’s good to talk with people who have been there, who have had the treatments. We tackle all issues, including the psychological ones.” Josef, aged 80
The Value Of Group Activities
Cycling, hiking or walking in a group can "help you to forget the disease." You can choose a club or a group not related to the disease or the programme, but be careful not to impose inappropriate demands on yourself.
Most patients have consulted the Internet to learn more about their disease at some point. There are good general cancer or prostate-cancer specific sites where basic information is reliable and understandable. Always check the source of where the information comes from, however, and choose official sites and from recognised media. If the results of your research worry you, or you would like to understand more about what you have found, talk to your doctor or nursing team.
Patient Forums And Associations
Patient forums and associations are essentially places of expression and exchange. You can be a silent reader, or you can engage and share your experiences and views. Some precautions are necessary. Firstly, your case is unique; do not draw conclusions from the situations of others, whose case is also unique. Secondly, beware of those ‘very informed’ patients whose cases are also unique, who issue unfounded diagnoses or opinions about others’ treatment. Finally, giving too much of your time and energy to these forums can be depressing or stressful. Take good care of yourself.
Below is a link to the Australian patient organisations that provides good information and support for all those affected by prostate cancer, including patients, their families and carers.