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Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.Sheryl M. Ness
Sheryl Ness, R.N., O.C.N., is a nurse educator for the Cancer Education Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She helps inform patients, families and caregivers about services and resources to help them through the cancer journey.
She has a master's degree in nursing from Augsburg College. In addition, she is an assistant professor of oncology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and is certified as a specialist in oncology nursing. Sheryl has worked for more than 20 years at Mayo Clinic as an educator. She has a keen interest in the importance of the quality of life and concerns of people living with cancer.
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By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
It all started with the ribbons — pink for breast cancer, teal for ovarian cancer, blue for colon cancer. And then the yellow bracelets hit the scene and many others followed. Now we have so many ways to be inspired and show our support.
As an educator, I participate in many cancer-awareness events and I always come away with an incredible sense of pure joy and hope. It's so incredibly moving to see a group of people getting together to raise money or give support for the cancer cause. The whole idea has helped us move from a time when cancer was a word rarely spoken, to the present, when support and awareness are free and open.
Events help provide a sense of doing something — moving forward with a real connection to others who have the same passion and drive to make a difference. We are all touched by cancer in some way during our lives, which is why it's so important to talk, walk and show support in every way possible.
I'd love to hear from all of you on this topic. Talk about a cancer event that inspired you. How do you give and receive support?blog index