Positive presence of others lifts survivors' spiritsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/living-with-cancer-blog/MY01612
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Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.read biographyclose window
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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Positive presence of others lifts survivors' spirits
By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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.blog index