Living with cancer blog

Transitions and goodbyes are never easy

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. August 31, 2016

Transitions aren't easy. The definition of transition is the movement or passage from one state to another, in other words change. As cancer survivors, you're probably familiar with the meaning of this word.

You've all dealt with transitions during your many experiences as a person living with cancer. So you know some transitions are harder than others. This time, I'm the one anticipating a transition.

This blog is the last one I will write for Mayo Clinic’s Living with Cancer blog. I'm leaving you in great hands with Lonnie Fynskov. She's already been writing and connecting with you for the past few months. She has a big heart, an open mind and will support you along the way.

Over the past six years, one of my favorite parts of my role at Mayo Clinic was to write this blog and meet all of you virtually. I never anticipated that writing the blog would be so meaningful to me, but it was.

Writing the blog gave me a creative outlet for expressing the feelings and experiences I was having in person with patients and caregivers here and sharing them with all of you reading the blog.

Through the blog, I've learned so much from all of you. I've valued your continued conversations, support and sharing together. You opened my eyes to your innermost thoughts and fears, as well as what inspires you and brings you joy.

You made me a better educator and a better person as I sought to understand what life is like as a survivor. Thank you for your readership and your thoughtful sharing with me and each other. I'm sending you hope, strength, and peace.

Sheryl Ness.

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Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

Aug. 31, 2016