With all the fears, myths, and misinformation regarding MRSA being part of a support group can help with the emotional and psychological affects of being diagnosed with this severe infection. It can also help with getting information that might be off the grid but useful. Support groups may be held locally or online. Professionals facilitate some groups while other groups are informal and lead by support group members.
Choosing a group that is a good match might take time but it will be worth it. Connecting with others that can truly understand what it is like to live with this type of bacterial infection will probably prove to be valuable.
Looking Online for One
Online support groups can be very helpful to those who want to remain anonymous, be part of a larger group, or do not have a group locally that meets. To find groups search with the following keywords:
- Support groups
It is necessary to be cautious because not everyone who is part of a support group has the right motives. Some may be there to scam people, sell products or services, or to identify and persecute. Be wary and take your time as you get to know the people in the online group. Take some time to look through past posts to get an idea of what the support group culture is like.
Here is a list of online support groups to get you started looking for the right online support group:
- Daily Strength
- Yahoo MRSA Support Group
- theMRSA Facebook Page
- MRSA Support Group
- I Have MRSA Forum
- MRSA Superbug Forum
Those who have MRSA may not get the support that they need because of the rarity of it in some communities. Online support groups can be a great way to connect with those that have the same concerns, treatments, and challenges of a diagnosis from all over.
What Types Would You Like
Most people are connected to the Internet through their phone or computer so online support groups are easy to find and join. Facebook pages may not be officially labeled as support groups but they can function as one due to their interactive nature. Often these pages are started by an organization or business that are related to help people with MRSA. Other types of support groups include the following:
- Real time sharing online
- Message/reply Internet sharing
- Home groups
- Hospital groups
- Public meeting room groups
You may have lots of options for support groups if you live in a large city but for those who live in small towns and rural areas it may be more difficult.
Expanding the Search
Searching the Internet is a fast way to find support groups locally or online. Since there is some concern about the privacy of individuals that suffer from this type of bacterial infection not all of them will be able to be located through online search engines.
Contacting a local hospital or doctor’s office may be more helpful. Local care giving organizations and medical supply companies may also be a good resource to find a group. In the event there are none in your area you might do some research to see if there might be a need and then you can start a group with the help of a healthcare professional.
If you have access to the Internet you will always be able to find someone to talk to about what it is like to live with a MRSA infection. It is important to respect people’s privacy in support groups because there may be some people who may be treated differently if family, friends, or co-workers knew of their medical condition. This is due to some people not being knowledgeable on the subject of MRSA.