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Social connection is one of the key elements of emotional wellbeing that we all need. There is an inherent need for us to connect socially.

Connection to others when you are ill becomes even more important to managing your life in a positive manner to support your emotional and psychological needs.

Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems.

Even when there are times you don’t feel “social” it is important to recognize that connecting with others can help. It may mean that the person you connect with simply listens, or sits quietly while you rest.

What it looks like specifically is different for everyone but the key is that we all need connection. How can we feel supported without it?

I can say that I was blessed to have numerous connections while I was ill. My family and friends made sure that I was never left alone, that there was someone to support me at all times.

Embracing social connection and support is one of the key factors that contribute to people living with cancer having a positive response to treatment and success in overcoming this disease.

Kelly Turner, author of “Radical Remission” and founder of The Radical Remission Project, that connects Radical Remission survivors with current cancer patients, has found that embracing social support and deepening your spiritual connection are two of the 10 key factors attributed to the healing of the survivors' cancers.

For more info visit @radicalremission

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