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Survivor: Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Topic: Surveys & Outreach Requests

I just had an idea today, I think I would like to start a cancer support group at my church. I attend a small Unitarian church here in central Oklahoma. We have a time during each service when we can get up and share our joys and concerns of the moment, I have spoken several times about my treatment and have recieved wonderful support. Today a woman came up to me and asked me about my treatment because she herself is in treatment for breast cancer and they have reached some sort of lull while they decide what to do next. I have had people come up to me and want to talk about their treatment and my experiences several times now, and it always leaves me wanting to talk to them more than the fleeting few minutes before and after services. I am wondering if anyone has any experience starting a support group or suggestions of how to start. I was thinking of a casual peer-support group where patients, survivors and caregivers/loved ones (from within the church and wider community) would be welcome to come and talk and share their stories and voice their fears to people who have been where they are. I know talking to people online who had faced the same things helped me tremendously. Where would you start?