Support Systems – Better for You than You Know
May 13, 2013
The Power of Pink
Now it may seem quite obvious to some, that when a family member or friend is diagnosed with breast cancer, or any kind of cancer for that matter, that they will be surrounded with a great amount of support. But I feel that may not always be the case. Some people choose to be surrounded by others as they fight their battle, while some choose to face it alone. Some may be incredibly positive and upbeat, as Mom was, while others overwhelm themselves with negativity and guilt.
To those less optimistic than others, I have interesting news for you.
Recently, a study conducted in California revealed that women who socialized and had large support systems during their breast cancer treatment were found to have an increased quality of life.
The study included more than 3,100 women who had been diagnosed between 2006 and 2011. During a short time after their diagnosis, these women were asked to complete questionnaires which asked about their social networks, the kinds of support they received, their emotional and physical quality of life, and their physical symptoms from breast cancer.
The study, which was published a few days ago in the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal, showed that women with the largest social networks were most likely to report the best overall quality of life during breast cancer treatment. Higher levels of social support were also linked with better emotional quality of life. Having positive social interaction with family and friends was the most important predictor of good physical quality of life. The study also showed that patients with little or no positive social interaction were three times more likely to report a low quality of life and more physical symptoms.
Information also found included that women with late stage breast cancer received beneficial support such as household chores, bringing food or transportation. The women who showed low levels of that type of support were nearly three times more likely to have a lower than average quality of life.
It is extremely interesting to me that this study was even conducted but it is good to know the information that it provided.
It only goes to prove, positive results come from positive actions.