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Support groups and the combating of chronic illness
Life is not a bed of roses! Sometimes, you have to walk on thrones. You get frustrated that you cannot do anything while others are going about their business. Your confidence levels droop and you feel that you are the most doomed person on the planet as you are suffering from a chronic illness.

Your immediate family members and friends may not be able to support you every moment. Understand that there may be other people with the same ailment. You could reach out to them and seek out their ways of dealing this problem. A shared burden is always lighter!

World-wide there are many community support groups rendering yeoman services to their members. The Indian scenario is different. There are not many support groups available here. Lack of information and awareness of the existing groups is another reason why chronic patients have no shoulder to cry on.

Various surveys have found that half the population of our country suffer from one chronic illness or other. Still, there are few support groups across the country, online or over various forums. These support groups address the same issues you may want an answer for.

Cancer is a life threatening diseases. You can share your emotional trauma with support groups for cancer at http://cancersupport.aarogya.com/where-to-find-help/blog. Some sites are specific cancer patients. http://thepinkinitiative.org/resources/support.html supports women with Breast cancer. There are about 1000 registered members of pink initiative, who can empathize with you while providing support to your caregivers who may also be stressed out.

India has more than a million diabetic patients. The website https://www.facebook.com/livingwithdiabetesinindia, provides diet and recipe details for Diabetic patients. They also share beautiful quotes to boost confidence of their members.

Members of such groups prop-up all with quotes to build up your self-esteem. The thought that you are alone with the ailment is completely rooted as you find more and more people having similar problems. You also understand how they are able to get on with their lives in spite of great hardships.

http://www.aarogya.com/support-groups.html is a pioneer support group which addresses patients of chronic diseases like Epilepsy, AIDS and Cancer. Indian Patient Foundation's website (http://www.patient.org.in) is a social network where, the members and patients share their personal experiences, pain, latest trends in disease treatments, names of best doctors and confidence booster messages so as to lessen your physical and mental pain.

The web address www.parkinsonssocietyindia.com/ provides various tools for people suffering from Parkinson's disease. Details of symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are well explained. Based in Mumbai, this group is involved in activities like Group Therapy, Individual Counseling Services, Home, community and global Outreach programs, Patient Welfare Programs, Yoga for Parkinson's, Voluntary Services, Research and publications and Awareness Activities.

While you are supported by your caregivers as well as support groups you may register, you may also become a care giver. You can share your pain, concerns, aspirations and even inspirations with other members! Join a support group... and together, hand-in-hand you can follow or lead the way!

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