Support groups have tremendous value in helping a patient. Especially, in the Indian context, where the doctor patient ratio is so skewed. Even otherwise the value of sharing one's experience strength and hope with another is unparalleled. The epilepsy and addiction support groups are examples of active and vibrant communities making a difference.
Support groups can come in many different forms. One support group started by author and activist Jennifer Tresh is the Elena Tresh foundation for children with terminal illness. The foundation is named after her daughter and her unforgettable fight with cancer at a startling early age.