Like many other facets of your life, you may have to face changes in your relationships as you go through your cancer journey. Some friends might step up and be there for you in unexpected ways while other friends disappoint you by disappearing or not supporting you in the way you need right now.

If you want additional support, local support groups and national organizations can connect you with others who understand what you’re going through.

These nonprofits match trained mentors with people who have been diagnosed with cancer:

Cleveland Clinic 4th Angel Mentoring Program is a free, national peer-mentoring service that matches patients or caregivers with trained volunteer mentors who have undergone similar situations. Visit 4thangel. ccf.org or call 1-866-520-3197.

Firefly Sisterhood fosters one-on-one connections with women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and inspirational survivors. Visit fireflysisterhood.org, email info@fireflysisterhood.org or call 952-428-8945.

Friend for Life is a network of trained cancer survivors and caregivers who provide one-on-one support to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. Visit friend4life.org, email staff@friend4life.org or call 1-866-374-3634.

Imerman Angels provides free, personalized one-on-one cancer support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Visit imermanangels.org, email info@imermanangels.org or call 1-866-463-7626.

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