SUPPORT FOR PATIENT

SUPPORT FOR PATIENT

Every patient is different. And everyone’s concerns are different. You may be worried about ICD shocks. Or you may be concerned about sexual intimacy or exercise. Spouses and other family members often have their own concerns. Talking about those fears with someone who has shared your experience can help you deal with those feelings. What happens at support group meetings? The focus of most groups is on adjusting -- knowing your resources and not being afraid to use them. Support groups are about socializing, learning, and networking. They help you develop relationships with people like you. But support groups also introduce you to other healthcare professionals, like physiologists or dietitians that you may want to contact in the future. Patients and family members often attend support groups together. Both parties need to learn to trust the device. Nipping anxiety and dealing with it is important. Anxiety can develop a life of its own.