Online Support Group Details
Read About Our Online Support Groups Below:
Blood Cancer Support Group
While we understand support groups aren’t for everyone, these groups are one of the many options of support available through the Leukaemia Foundation. These groups are interactive in nature & rely on the deep knowledge & lived experience of each participant as the core ingredient. Each group has a health & wellbeing focus topic on which the conversation & connections are based on. You may find you walk away / ‘log off’ with some new knowledge or strategies of how to continue managing life with a blood cancer.
‘It was my first meeting like this and liked that we all helped each other with support and knowledge’
‘This was my first time at one of these groups, I was made to feel comfortable with the group even though I didn’t know anyone else’.
‘It gave suggestions on how to handle situations that may have been difficult in the past’
‘I felt great after the session and am definitely making changes that were discussed’
Carer Online Support Group
Being a carer is described as one of the most challenging (& rewarding) roles you will ever experience. However, there is often very little attention given to the needs of carers. This group provides a safe space for carers to share their experience, talk to other carers without judgement & learn ways to cope with the demands that being a carer brings.
‘It’s good to know there is a place for carers to get help’.
Parent Online Support Group (with a child <18)
Having a child diagnosed with blood cancer is one of the most challenging experiences a parent can face. It is an experience no one else can quite understand unless they’ve been through it too. There are many benefits of being able to connect with other parents in a group. To feel understood, heard & less alone are some of the comments from other parents who have attended. While there is sharing of personal experiences, there is also a focus on discussing helpful strategies to maintain parental health & wellbeing.
Young Adult Online Support Group (20-40)
Being a young adult when diagnosed with blood cancer can throw a young person’s world into turmoil. This is a time when independence is established & life responsibilities are growing. We understand that young adults often feel alone in this experience & seek connection with others in their age & stage of life ‘who just get it’. This group offers a space for young adults to chat about the issues & challenges that are relevant to them & along the way, help them in feeling more understood, less alone & better equipped to deal with life with blood cancer.
Men’s Online Support Group
Sometimes it can be hard to ask for & accept help – we understand this can be a challenge particularly for men. This group is specifically for men to access support in a non-judgemental & safe space with other men who can relate to the blood cancer experience – either as a man diagnosed with blood cancer or a support person of someone diagnosed. These groups are run by male facilitators & the discussion topics are geared towards the health & wellbeing of men.
‘I have an amazing wife, sisters, female work colleagues and female friends. However, it was excellent having an all male group of blood cancer patients’.
Bereavement Online Support Group
The death of a loved one is a profoundly challenging experience. It is an experience most will go through in a lifetime, however, it is rarely spoken about. For some, it can be a very solitary experience. Some people do find comfort in talking with others who can personally relate. This group is for people who have experienced the death of a loved one from blood cancer in the last 2 years. It provides a place of comfort & safety to talk about the bereavement experience with other people who understand. The facilitators will provide grief information along the way while drawing on the experiences of the group to guide the interactive discussion.
‘For me, it was good to share in the communal experience of grief … honestly and without judgement or platitude. Thanks for including me’.