Written by Juliann Schaeffer
Medically Reviewed on March 3, 2016 by Helen Chen, MPH
Although no one can say exactly where a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer will take you in the weeks and months to come, experiential support can help you through it.
Experiential support is support you get from people that you may not even know. When social support, such as a conversation with your mother or a hug from your friend, isn’t enough, experiential support may be an option. This can include reading a blog by someone who has cancer or participating in a breast cancer forum.
Although research has long shown quality-of-life benefits related to social support, researchers are increasingly looking into the potential of experiential support. This type of support offers people with cancer a first-hand look into how other people are dealing with their own cancer.
If you’ve been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, a discussion forum may help connect you with others who can relate to your experience. When searching for a worthwhile forum, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind. Ask yourself these questions:
- Who is the moderator?
- What are the moderator’s credentials?
- Is this forum associated with a reputable medical institution? (If so, that’s a good thing.)
To help you wade through all the different opinions out there, we’ve found and reviewed what we feel are some great forums. Read on to explore these support options and see if they might work for you.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.