I've attended a couple of local groups. One was a general cancer support group through a local hospital, facilitated pretty well by a social worker affiliated with the hospital. Many of the people there had been coming for years, long after their treatments and so on. It was a largish group, usually 20+, and always let the new people speak first. Most of the rest just said, "Still doing fine.", and moved on. They somehow suddenly lurched into a New Age vein, guided meditation, Zen practices and so on, that just wasn't for us. We stopped going, as that wasn't what we were looking for.
Another peer-to-peer PCa support group I went to several times was at a local "Cancer Support Community". They are a global organization, with some 170
locations. Somehow they're associated with "Gilda's Club Worldwide". This PCa support group was kind of frustrating. It was facilitated, but rather loosely. They didn't manage filibusters very well, and it was often difficult to find any value in what was being shared. I liked to share when I could but the format didn't lend itself well to any in-depth discussions. It also became evident that the real reason most were there was to figure out how to finagle access to marijuana. As soon as that topic surfaced, and it always did by somebody, the rest of the discussion was about
who to see and how to get approved for marijuana use. Again, not what I was looking for, and stopped going to that one too.
I've never tried an USToo group, but I hear they're pretty good. Maybe it would be worth seeking one of those. But generally, as someone else said, this Healingwell site is my support group!
55@Dx on 4/16/13. PSA 5.2, G9(5+4), PNI+, cT3a by MRI.
IGRT - 44 sessions (79.2 Gy, 50.4 Gy pelvic)
ADT2 - Lupron+Casodex (5/13-3/16)
8/13-5/16 <0.1 (ADT2)
5/16-3/17 recovering from ADT2
3/17-7/18 ~ 0.6 - 0.8 (no TX)
10/18 = 1.0, 12/18 = 0.9My Story