Mental Health

It is common to have mental health effects following blood cancer diagnosis and/or treatment. This can feel very overwhelming and isolating, but it is unlikely to improve if you don’t ask for or accept help. Blood cancer survivors and healthcare experts helped us create some tools to share with you.  

 

Tools and Resources

Video - Inspiring Survivor Stories: Darren Bessette

In this presentation, Darren Bessette, a husband and father of three teenaged girls and two time survivor of a Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Diffuse large B-cell) from Ottawa, will share his experiences with the life after cancer.   Inspiring Survivor Stories: Darren Bessette  ...

Podcast - Cancer-Related Distress

Margo Kennedy is an oncology social worker at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto Ontario, working mainly with the leukemia outpatient site. Working within the Department of Supportive Care has provided Margo with a deep appreciation for the many stresses, barriers and challenges that people with cancer can encounter. "Our cancer care systems pay a great deal of attention to the physical health asp...

Podcast - Mental Health and Wellness After Cancer Treatment

Barry Yhard is a Lymphoma survivor currently employed with the Canadian Forces Health Services Group. He is certified by the Surgeon General as a mental health educator. Barry served for 33 years as an active member of the military but was injured in 2009 and in 2010 diagnosed with PTSD. He then went on to pursue further education in mental health and became qualified as a Master Trainer in the specialized field of M...