Living with cancer blog

Hope, resources and support for those living with cancer

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. October 26, 2013

The Living with Cancer blog is celebrating its four year anniversary! Thanks to all of you and other contributors who have made these four years so successful.

We've published more than 100 blog topics that are still being discussed. You've added more than 3,000 comments — with a majority of them directed from one person to another in an effort to help and support each other. This is so inspiring.

The blog is a way to connect with you outside of the physical walls of Mayo Clinic. My goal is to write about topics that are of interest to you and that reflect real-life aspects of living with cancer.

I want to make you feel welcome and comfortable sharing your experiences with each other. I also want you to feel that you receive something valuable from the blog.

We frequently discuss nutrition, side-effect management, new treatments, research, emotional aspects and mind-body techniques.

Some of the most popular topics have been related to the everyday aspects that may not be easy to talk about in person. They've included:

  • Survivor guilt
  • How cancer has changed you
  • Living with metastatic cancer
  • Dealing with grief and loss
  • Fear of recurrence

The goal is to empower you with high quality information and offer a safe place to discuss difficult topics, share your experiences and support each other.

I'd love to know how we're doing after four years. As you think about how you've participated or not, please comment with your feedback on these three questions:

  • What do you like most about the blog?
  • What can we do better?
  • What topics would you like to see on the blog?

Thank you for making the Living with Cancer blog a great place for people to find hope, resources and support. Please post comments with your thoughts.


Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

Oct. 26, 2013