Quality CareFind out why Mayo Clinic is the right place for your health care. Make an appointment.
Meet the StaffFind a directory of doctors and departments at all Mayo Clinic campuses. Visit now.
Research and Clinical TrialsSee how Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials advance the science of medicine and improve patient care. Explore now.
Visit Our SchoolsEducators at Mayo Clinic train tomorrow’s leaders to deliver compassionate, high-value, safe patient care. Choose a degree.
Professional ServicesExplore Mayo Clinic’s many resources and see jobs available for medical professionals. Get updates.
Give to Mayo ClinicHelp set a new world standard in care for people everywhere. Give now.
Mayo Clinic offers appointments in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota and at Mayo Clinic Health System locations.
Subscribe to Housecall
Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics.
Subscribe to our Living With Cancer e-newsletter to stay up to date on cancer topics.
As a cancer survivor, it's so important to keep a close connection with others, including helpful resources that you might need as you recover.
Many times, it's as simple as needing someone to help with errands, shopping or household chores. Or it could be as complicated as getting a ride to your appointments.
When I talk with people about this, they tell me that they're hesitant to ask for help from others as they don't want to seem like a burden. On the other hand, I hear from family and friends who really want to help and don't know what to do.
A connection to others is important. Reach out to your family and friends when you need them. It doesn't always have to be about your cancer. Make a date for lunch, a movie, a walk or a simple cup of coffee.
For specific resources, you may want to explore:
Feel free to share other resources that have helped you along the way. Follow me on Twitter at @SherylNess1. Join the discussion at #livingwithcancer.
Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
Follow on Twitter:
Selecting "Submit" signifies that you have read and agree to our posting guidelines.
What do you do after your close friend gets a negative cancer diagnosis and stops calling youn all together.
After my husband died, the support was CRUCIAL to my existence. So true. Many people did some great things for me. My friend started a website that offers tips that I found really helpful. www.exactlywhattheyneed.com
My father is currently suffering from cancer.He is very thankful to life for the care and concern shown towards him by his family as well as other people.Inspite of the fact that he was never a No. 1 according to society's business models.I link this fact to my spirituality-the fact that he enjoys this 'good fortune',though he is an agnostic and doesn't subscribe to my dogma
Creative expression has been especially helpful for me as I've dealt with my illness. So I created a blog where others living with cancer could also post their creative works. www.ultra-sounds.org (totally non-profit)Feel free to pass on to others living with cancer.
I've been cancer-free for 1 year and just want to tell everyone that trying to stay positive thru this journey is the key to beating this ugly thing..Chemo is not a fun time but i wouldn't let it take over my life.I was so determined and prayed alot to get my healthy life back.I just celebrated my 70th Bday in Sept. and feel great!!
For any blood cancer, the First Connection Program through the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society is a great resource. They connect you with a current survivor so you can ask them any questions you may have about the cancer process.
Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds from website advertising help support our mission. Mayo Clinic does not endorse non-Mayo products and services.
Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic.
A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.org," "Mayo Clinic Healthy Living," and the triple-shield Mayo Clinic logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
We comply with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.