Iris Oncology
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Real Stories, Real Support

As someone who has experienced cancer firsthand, Peer Mentors are a valuable source of comfort and support for navigating life with cancer. Drawing from their personal experiences and wisdom, they offer insights on handling real-life situations and preparing for what lies ahead.

Brian C, non-Hodgkin lymphoma: "Family/friends may be far more worried or uncertain how to handle interacting than you realize and might need you to take the lead (at least initially) to normalize connections in this new chapter."

Jean R, anal canal cancer: "When people ask what they can do for you, tell them something specific."

Lynnette G, breast cancer: "Take it one day at a time. Looking too far down the road can feel really overwhelming."

Linda G, thyroid cancer: "Accept all your feelings and be kind to yourself. Talk to a trusted friend, keep a journal, or write it all out and pitch it."

Madison M, breast cancer: "Find a low-energy hobby that brings you joy to fill chemo sessions and recovery days (mine was crochet and I still love it!)."

Sarah W, ovarian cancer: "Spending time in nature can offer relaxation and rejuvenation."


Starting the Conversation

Interested in starting a conversation with a Peer Mentor, but not sure where to start?

Here are some common questions that might be helpful to consider:

  • How did you feel after chemotherapy?

  • What helped you share your diagnosis with friends and family?

  • How did you decide where to get your care?

  • What helped you deal with all the emotions?

  • How was a mental health therapist helpful to you during your treatment?

  • What do you wish you had known at the start of your treatment?

If you’d like to speak with someone who understands what you’re going through, browse our Peer Mentor profiles and match with one. From there, you can schedule a visit to connect over a video or phone call.