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I agree that a support group and possibly medication are terrific ideas. For me, getting all of the knowledge/information I could find to help me plan/advise/help, made me feel at least a little empowered. But it has its drawbacks.... as you begin to realize how many mistakes doctors/nurses make and it makes it hard to trust the medical providers around you.
The times when you become the punching bag are.... brutal. It is hard not to fall into a hole those days.
To maintain hope, I always had small goals... rather then a big overwhelming hope for a 'cure'. That is too much to hope for daily.... Instead, it was looking forward to the next donut, the next Breaking Bad, the next phone call from a friend, and the next visit from the grandchild. Those were the things that made life more 'hopeful' for my Mom... enjoying the little, daily things in life.
I also strongly recommend anything that relaxes you..... exercise, a glass
of wine, favorite foods, sleep, and funny movies. A little escape is ok too.
And to have one person you can vent to.... that you can trust... is so so
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