I know it's frustrating to some, but I'm not really much of a "joiner."
With the pervasive power of the internet, those many folks who are managing medical maladies can find solace in any number of support groups that speak to their condition and needs. Those with Multiple Myeloma are no exception.
After a recent conversation with a loving, positive and always-there-for-you neighbor, I felt the need to take stock of my choice and challenge myself as to why am I not much of a joiner. Sometimes conundrums (not conundra; look it up - I did) take a lifetime to decipher. And sometimes the puzzle is solved in an instant. For me, in this moment of my diss-joining-ness, the answer seemed to hit my brain as soon as I heard the words come out of my mouth: "I'm not really much of a joiner." My brain, clearly no more efficient that anyone else's, processed a whole bunch of data all in a nano-second.
A support group is there when the pain is too great to bear alone.
A support group provides information when the buzzing of the initial diagnosis wears off.
A support group gives people a much needed community of helpers to ease their confusion.
A support group is a lifeline for the all-too-many souls who are going through their treatment alone.
A support group offers reassurance when the inevitable doubt creeps in, and reality when it too is needed.