Coping with chronic illness Building a support network


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Hi everyone,

I'm struggling to cope with a chronic illness and I'm looking for advice on how to build a support network. Does anyone have any tips or experiences to share? What have you found helpful when it comes to connecting with other people and building a support network? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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When people are diagnosed with a chronic illness, it can be a difficult and isolating experience. Having a strong support network is essential for helping them cope with their illness. Friends, family and even strangers can play a vital role in providing emotional and practical support.

Benefits of Building a Support Network

Having a strong support network can provide a variety of benefits to someone with a chronic illness. It can:

Reduce feelings of loneliness: Having a group of people to talk to and turn to in hard times can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Provide emotional support: Being surrounded by people who understand what you're going through and can offer support and advice can be incredibly helpful.

Enable practical help: Having people to rely on for practical support, such as help with tasks around the home or running errands, can make a huge difference.

How to Build a Support Network

Building a support network can be a difficult task, especially for people who have recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness. Here are some tips to get started:

Reach out to family and friends: Reach out to close family and friends and explain your situation. Ask for their support and let them know what you need.

Join a support group: Support groups for people with chronic illnesses can provide a great way to meet like-minded people and find support.

Reach out to professionals: Mental health professionals can provide invaluable support and advice for coping with a chronic illness.


Having a strong support network is essential for coping with a chronic illness. Reaching out to family and friends, joining a support group, and seeking professional help are all great ways to build a support network. With the right support, people with chronic illnesses can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.