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Cancer Support Group.

Cancer Support Group.

This is a safe and confidential space to find a supportive community that understands the complexities of the cancer journey, providing solace and strength beyond medical treatment.

Group starts on 15th June 2024

Confidential | Small group, 6-8 people

Online video Zoom conversations | 75 minutes duration

Group Type: Support Group

Unlimited peer calls included

Led by Dr Sravannthi Maya

Program Fee - INR 4000 for ( 8 sessions) India-based participants | INR 8000 for ( 8 sessions) participants outside India

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Goals of the group

The goal of the group is to provide emotional support, share information and resources, and facilitate peer support among individuals affected by cancer.

By offering a supportive community, the group will help improve the overall well-being and quality of life for those navigating the cancer journey.
It aims to enhance coping skills, promote empowerment and advocacy, address practical concerns, and foster hope and resilience in participants.

Who is the group for?

This group is designed for adults 18 years and above in India who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. If you are newly diagnosed or are experiencing the challenges of ongoing treatment, in consolidation phase or in between treatment cohorts, this group will provide a supportive environment to share experiences, gain insights and build your coping strategies.
The group is not designed for those who are terminally ill or transitioning to end-of-life care

Glimpse of the regime

Understanding the big C : Session 1 & 2

Session 1: Introduction and Building Connections

- Introduction to the support group and its goals within the Indian context.
- Group members introduce themselves and share their cancer journey (if comfortable) if not anecdotes will be shared
- Overview of session topics and expectations.
- Basic scales on screening will be done for everyone to understanding the physical limitations
- Reflective activities to build a sense of community and trust.
Activity: will be given as a reflective process

Session 2: Understanding the Cancer Journey

- Overview of different types of cancer and treatment options with a focus on cancers being dealt by majority
- Psychoeducation on the physical and emotional impact of cancer and its treatments, including the role of traditional Indian medicine and practices.
- Sharing personal experiences and challenges related to cancer.
- Discussion on managing the side effects of treatment with a holistic approach





Session 3 & 4

Session 3: Communication with Healthcare Providers

- Participant experiences with health care system, Strategies for preparing for medical appointments and asking questions.
- Importance of effective communication with healthcare teams.
- Role-playing exercises to practice communication skills.
- Sharing experiences of positive and challenging interactions with healthcare providers, considering the Indian healthcare system.

Session 4: Coping Strategies (physical, social & emotional)

-Participant experience sharing with scale and exercise on GRIT
- Identifying emotional responses to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
- Techniques for managing anxiety, depression, sleep, fatigue and fear, fear of recurrence, loss of faith.
- Group discussion on coping strategies that have been effective for members.

Building Resilience and Support Systems : Session 5 & 6

Session 5: Support Networks and Resources

- Identifying and utilizing support systems (family, friends, community resources, including spiritual and religious support).
- Discussion on the role of caregivers and how to maintain healthy relationships with them.
- Building support networks within the hospital
- Group activity to create a personalised support network map.

Session 6: Managing oneself and Self-Care

- Understanding the impact of the condition on physical and emotional health (body image, hair loss and loss of appetite and sleep)
- Techniques for stress management, relaxation and mindfulness techniques
- Developing a self-care plan that includes nutrition, exercise, and leisure activities relevant to the Indian lifestyle.
- Group discussion on barriers to self-care and how to overcome them within the cultural context.





Session 7 & 8

Session 7: Navigating Relationships

- Exploring the impact of cancer on personal and professional relationships.
- Communication strategies for discussing cancer with loved ones and colleagues.
- Setting boundaries and managing expectations.
- Sharing experiences and strategies for maintaining healthy relationships during treatment, with sensitivity to Indian familial and societal norms.

Session 8: Reflection and Moving Forward

- Reflecting on the group experience and lessons learned.
- Reviewing personal goals and progress made during the program.
- Celebrating successes and acknowledging challenges.
- Discussing strategies for maintaining resilience and well-being post-treatment.
- Identifying ongoing support resources and planning next steps, including follow-up with traditional and modern healthcare practices.


  • Thank you, you all truly understand what I’m going through. I hope you guys get some good sleep, have an easy day, your doctors listen to you and that you can do some of your favorite activities with little to no pain.

    Mansi

  • It was comforting to hear that other people went through similar things. And hearing what was good, what was bad, and what they would change.

    Isha

  • I am so grateful to have joined the group. I feel more connected to others, less alone in my experience, and supported. To someone in my situation who was considering SoulUp, I’d simply say: DO IT

    Rishi

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Meet your Facilitator

Dr. Sravannthi Maya

Dr. Sravannthi Maya specialises in Health and Counselling psychology and is a Psycho-Oncologist . She has been in the field of psychology for the past 14 years, is a PhD graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad; an MPhil graduate from Cancer Institute Adyar affiliated to College of oncological sciences and University of Madras and a Masters graduate from University of Hyderabad.

Currently she is the mental health lead of Swasti, Bangalore; Adjunct Faculty at Karunashraya-BHT; and is the Founder of “The Raft” Counseling and psycho-social service provider. Her key research areas lie in Psycho-oncology; Metabolic disorders; Self-care (professionals); Counseling psychology.

Her keen interests also lie at the confluence of health and community psychology. She has published and presented papers in various national and international journals/conferences and is the reviewer is some Indian journals. She strongly believes that we all need to give ourselves another chance despite life’s odds and seeking help through therapy is that tool which can help us all achieve it.

FAQs

What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

What is SoulUp's refund policy on Groups?

1. After you have registered for the group and you'd like to opt out:
- Full refund if you cancel 30 days before the group start date.
- 50% refund if you cancel 16-30 days before the group start date.
- No refund if you cancel 0-15 days before the group start date.

2. If SoulUp cancels a group, we will refund the entire signup fee.

3. If SoulUp reschedules a group by more than 2 weeks, we will inform you and give you an option to opt out and get a full refund.

Can I use multiple discounts while signing up for a group?

You can use only 1 type discount while signing up for a group. Cash backs cannot be coupled with discounts either.

What is the frequency of Peer calls I can book as part of the 'Unlimited offer'?

You can book 1 Peer call per week during the duration of the group. This will prevent fatigue and give you time to process information discussed in any Peer call.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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A space where individuals affected by cancer can share experiences and find emotional support to navigate their journey with strength and resilience.