I want to encourage you to join me for a discussion about chronic illness.
You may have experienced something like this: A person you know is struggling with an illness, such as cancer, has a chronic condition.
You have a chronic illness, but your condition doesn’t appear to be progressing.
What does that tell you?
It’s a good time to seek out a support group.
You’re not alone.
Over a third of adults experience some form of chronic illness at some point in their lives.
You’ll be glad to know that more than half of people with cancer who are in their 50s and 60s say they would like to get better at their job, their relationships, or their overall health.
What do you do?
If you have a serious illness, a physical or mental disability, or are at high risk for an illness that may cause or worsen your health, you may want to consider joining a support organization.
There are many options.
Some support groups are geared towards people who are recovering from a chronic disease, such, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Alliance of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (NASSAMS).
Others focus on chronic illnesses that are associated with conditions such as dementia or cancer.
But you’ll want to be aware that some support groups will only support you if you are in a group with others who are dealing with the same or similar issues.
Here are some of the most popular support groups in the U.S. and abroad: Health, fitness, and wellness support groups The National Association for People with Chronic Illnesses (NAPC) offers support groups for people who suffer from chronic illnesses.
There’s a group for people with Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple sclerosis, as well as for people experiencing migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, fibroids, heart disease, or other health problems.
The American Heart Association has an online support group for those who are at risk for heart disease.
The National Alliance for Chronic Illness (NACEI) provides support groups to people with chronic illness or those who need support.
The Alliance of Fitness Professionals offers support for people coping with physical or cognitive health problems such as anxiety and depression.
The Health and Wellness Support Network provides support for the more than 1.3 million Americans who have chronic illnesses including cancer, and for people struggling with chronic health conditions, such in the workplace, in their relationships or in their communities.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) offers a number of support groups, including: Support groups for those with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder