It is important to realise you are not going through cancer alone. You may want to talk to people who have gone through or are going through a similar experience to yourself.
One of the hardest things for me when I was going through my journey was not having someone who had a first-hand account of what it was like to go through this, someone who truly understood.Samantha
Our team of cancer support nurses do a great job of listening and sharing information to help you better understand cancer and your treatment. However many people want to connect with someone how has been through a similar experience.
We can help you connect through:
Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming, but no-one needs to go through the experience alone.
If you or your family are dealing with a primary cancer diagnosis you may find it helpful to talk to someone who can relate to what you’re going through.
Cancer Connect NZ is a free support service for people recently diagnosed with cancer.
You will be put in touch with a peer supporter – usually someone who has had a similar cancer experience to you.
It doesn't matter where you live in New Zealand - all you need is access to a phone.
Every Cancer Connect NZ peer supporter:
- Has had a primary cancer, or cared for someone living with cancer
- Is trained and carefully selected to meet strict criteria
- Receives ongoing support
Find out more by calling 0800 CANCER (226 237). The phone lines are open Monday to Friday, from 9am - 5pm.
Are you interested in becoming a Cancer Connect NZ peer supporter?
Cancer Connect NZ regularly recruits volunteers. Please phone 0800 CANCER (226 237) for information on how to become a Cancer Connect NZ peer supporter.
Linking people through their experiences with cancer
Hononga Mate Puku ki Aotearoa Te hono tāngata mā ō rātou pānga ki te mate puku
As part of my recovery, I’m a support person for women of similar age that are going through a similar diagnosis. It’s fabulous to be able to be there for them, share my journey and give them hope.Samantha
Ripple is an app that offers a mobile, 24/7 cancer support service. The Ripple app is offline for now while we consider how to develop it further. For ideas on connecting with others, please see the resources above.