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Offline Regretsafew

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Support Groups?
« on: October 17, 2006, 06:49:58 AM »
I was just wondering about support groups??  Are they any good?  I've been feeling quite alone lately and was wondering if anyone goes to support meetings  or functions.  Are they supportive?  or  are they the opposite?  Any feedback would be appreciated. 

Thanks 

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Support Groups?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2006, 07:02:54 AM »
I suspect it varies from group to group. I've been to some which were cool and others were so bad that I still think the organisers should have been gassed.

I'm gonna step out on a limb here and suggest that rather than asking us (coz let's face it you're not going to get any useful answers to such a question in this place) why don't you just join one and find out for yourself?

Be a devil. ;)

MtD

Offline Jody

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Re: Support Groups?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2006, 08:30:49 AM »
Dear Regrets...In November I will have been a member of my support group for 11 years...I am now the senior member and am usually asked to speak first when a new member joins...I was quite naive, very uninformed and alone as well when I first joined and the fellows took me under their wing, a few in particular, and I learned how to live with this disease- where to go for benefits, how to discuss issues with my doctor, etc.  It was a real blessing to see others living with HIV and be able to bond and realize I was not alone in this world.

Before going the first time you are very nervous of course...You wonder if you will fit in, what it will be like, all the usual stuff...Don't worry because the folks there will understand and they won't bite (unless you're lucky!!!  ;))...But going back a second time is equally difficult as you ask yourself- did the guys like me, do they want me back, will people leave because I joined?, a little paranoia sets in, usually unnecessarily.  Chances are you will be liked and accepted and wind up helping others and being a source of weekly support for them as people were for you.  When I first joined we went to movies, plays and had parties a great deal, we don't as often anymore, but it still works for me and I must say I believe for the other members as well.

Taking one hour or so each week to discuss what may be the single most important issue of your life (not who you are entirely) but still something that will be around for quite some time that requires your time and energy to live with in a reasonably happy and healthy manner is of utmost importance...Good luck !!!

Jody
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Offline ademas

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Re: Support Groups?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2006, 10:31:17 AM »
I've belonged to two support groups over the years...each for just over a year.

They were helpful for a time, but then things seemed to get so freakin' repetitive, and there was always a member or two that took up such an inordinate amount of the group time with the same drivel every week...and I just couldn't take it anymore.

There used to be a group here that would get together for social activities, like Sunday morning bowling, or weekend hikes.  That was actually fun, and something I would do again.  (They haven't been as active lately).

I would consider a "drop-in" support group down the road, if I feel the need, but I doubt I would commit to a weekly group again.


Offline DanielMark

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Re: Support Groups?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2006, 02:22:16 PM »
RAF,

I tried two HIV “support” groups in 18 years, Neither of them was much help. But then again, I like to keep away from situations that are too regulated or fraught with annoying group dynamics. However you may find you get a better result. Who’s to say?

Daniel
MEDS: REYATAZ & KIVEXA (SINCE AUG 2008)

MAY 2000 LAB RESULTS: CD4 678
VL STILL UNDETECTABLE

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Offline Cliff

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Re: Support Groups?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2006, 05:14:53 PM »
Go for it.  Each support group has its own dynamics, but in the end no one ever dies from attending.  You might enjoy it and find the support you need or you might not (in which case it was just an hour lost).

 


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