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Patients and caregivers connect from coast to coast

Susan Holmes

Susan Holmes was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1999. After 2 operations and 6 weeks of radiation, the Saskatchewan resident returned to work to regain some sense of normalcy but soon realized she needed emotional support. Susan became a peer support volunteer, helping other patients on their cancer journeys.

"That was one of the first times that I had spoken to someone who had the same experience as me...it was good to talk to someone," says Susan, who continues to volunteer with the program as a trainer. "I know it was good for me and it's important for others, too."

Have you had a personal cancer journey, either as a patient or caregiver? If so, consider volunteering with our peer support program. It's a great way to give back to others who are battling the disease. The nationwide, bilingual telephone support service connects current patients and caregivers with someone who has "been there."

Not all cancers are the same, and neither is what you can expect as a patient or caregiver. Read about how to connect with someone who has had a similar cancer journey or how to volunteer, or call 1-888-939-3333.