Support Tools: Strengthening Survivors with Support

Part of the journey with a brain tumour is understanding how support plays a critical role in survivorship. It’s important that patients and survivors live the best lives they possibly can. This means individuals who feel strong, empowered and hopeful about their diagnosis and future. Brain tumour patients and survivors are strengthened when they know they are not alone, and that they can count on others to help them, encourage them, build them up when they are down and celebrate with them when they meet important milestones in their illness. Many studies have shown that both healing and coping are enhanced in patients when they have a strong support system.

So how does support help strengthen someone diagnosed with a brain tumour?

Most people would say that their relationships with family and friends are one of the most important aspects of their lives. We rely on others to love and care for us, and to help and support us in times of need. Serious illness, such as a brain tumour, is life changing for all patients. The individual diagnosed can feel scared, angry, shocked, worried or hopeless. When feeling these types of emotions, as well as coping with a serious illness, individuals and their families rely on others to support them through these difficult times.

Here are ten great reasons to seek or gain support when living with a brain tumour:

  1. Support offers hope – People need hope and optimism on the journey with a brain tumour through the helpful words and actions of others
  2. Provides reassurance and a listening ear – People need to be comforted and feel that someone is listening and takes the time to care and recognize their emotions and feelings
  3. Reduces anxiety and emotional distress – Support helps people to feel less worried and anxious about their illness, and allows them to learn how to manage their feelings
  4. Provides coping skills – Support offers patients strategies and tools to help them with their emotions and the stress of their illness in a tangible way
  5. Increases feelings of control – Support can help patients and survivors feel empowered to take control over their illness and its effect on their lives
  6. Reduces feelings of isolation – Connecting with others helps with the feelings of loneliness and isolation that an illness can bring
  7. Gives informational support and resources – Patients feel empowered when they have the information and resources needed to feel informed about their illness
  8. Increases empowerment – Support helps people feel like they are in control of their lives and that they have a say in their care and journey
  9. Facilitates diagnosis acceptance – Support helps people come to terms with the reality of their illness and the challenges they may face
  10. Builds confidence and self-esteem – The support others offer can help people restore positive feelings about themselves and their lives.

Each patient or survivor is unique in the type of support they desire, and it’s important to provide care that meets their needs. At Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, we offer support through many channels, including support groups, individual support by phone or email, information and resources, and events like Information Days where individuals and families can learn more about brain tumours and meet others going through a similar journey.

For more information about support on the journey with a brain tumour, please contact us:

Cheryl Bauer
Support Services Specialist
1-800-265-5106/ 519-642-7755 ext. 400

Todd Goold
Support Services Specialist
1-800-265-5106/ 519-642-7755 ext. 237 


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