Shared Experience: Cancer Support Program Pairs Survivors with Peers Undergoing Treatment

Support from family and friends is crucial after a cancer diagnosis, but they often can’t truly relate to the highs and lows of living with the disease. Only someone who’s been down the same road knows how it feels to receive a lifechanging diagnosis, how to manage the stress and side effects of treatment, how to navigate setbacks, and keep pushing forward in spite of it all.

The UVA Cancer Center Peer Support Program aims to help cancer patients connect with someone who has this shared experience. For 63-year-old Gigi O’Donnell, that someone is Agnes Frankfurter.

“Agnes is awesome. She helps boost my morale. She tells me how strong I am, and I need to hear that right now,” says Gigi. Read More >>>