Living with cancer blog

Mentoring for new cancer survivors

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. June 22, 2013

This week, I'd like to put a call out to all of the veteran cancer survivors who are reading and participating on the blog. One of the primary goals for the blog is to support and reassure each other on this journey.

My question to you is this: "What do you know today that you wish you'd known in the beginning as a new cancer survivor?"

We frequently partner mentors with newly diagnosed cancer patients in person. I thought it would be interesting to try virtual mentoring through this discussion.

If you're interested in posting your pearls of wisdom for other survivors, keep a few things in mind as you write your comments.

In the first year after diagnosis:

  • What did you experience that was most unexpected?
  • What about your emotions in the first weeks and months? It's OK to talk about the negative feelings too — that way everyone knows this is a normal experience.
  • What was the most difficult experience of the first year? What helped you get through?

Everyone's experience is unique — however, it can be a great comfort to hear from others who've already been down the path yet to come. Please share your words of support and wisdom.


Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

June 22, 2013