Living with cancer blog

Positive presence of others lifts survivors' spirits

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. December 4, 2010

As I reflect on the past year of our survivorship blog, it seems notable that many of you have mentioned the positive presence of people in your lives during this time.

These are the friends and family who know and understand how to love, support and simply be with you. This might also include people you've met along the way during your experience as a patient.

Now, it might also include those who are supporting each other through this blog. It's so amazing to see the love and strength that you're giving each other.

It's sometimes difficult for others to know how to be with someone who's experiencing cancer. Cancer is personal. It threatens our mortality, our lives, and the people around us in so many ways.

At times, friends and family pull away, not knowing what to do. However, this is the time when you may need them the most. I would love to hear from you about this. What has been your experience? What do you need the most from others?

Honest feedback may help others understand what kind of presence is the most helpful to a person experiencing cancer. I want to thank all of you for your presence on this blog in the past year.


Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

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Dec. 04, 2010