Patients who have been there

This is a picture of a stem cell transplant patient in their hospital room.
Peer mentors can help answer your questions and give you an idea of what to expect (from the perspective of someone who has been there before).

Peer Mentor Program

Many people are overwhelmed by the thought of undergoing a stem cell transplant. Some of our patients have found it helpful to talk to someone who has had a transplant before.  The stem cell transplant team maintains a program with past patients who enjoy acting as peer mentors to new patients. 

Peer mentors can help answer your questions and give you an idea of what to expect (from the perspective of someone who has been there before).  Peer mentors have a unique experience that only someone who has received a transplant can share.  If you would like to talk with one of our peer mentors, talk to the stem cell transplant team or email kghstemcell@kgh.kari.net.

A telephone service peer support program is also available through the Canadian Cancer Society. Volunteers are specially trained cancer survivors or caregivers with a wide range of cancer experiences and life stories who can share insights and ideas for coping during your cancer experience. Click here for more information.

Stem Cell Patient Stories

  • Going through a stem cell transplant can be a “roller coaster” of emotions and experiences. One of our past patients wrote an illustrated story about her stem cell transplant. The story is an honest, funny, and moving account of her experience. She shared the story with the hopes of helping others who are getting treatment. Click here to read her story. *Please note that the attached essay is one patient's story.  You may not have the same experience, as each patient responds to their treatment in different ways.

  • Some of our past stem cell transplant patients have also spoken about their experience at conferences. Click on the below links to watch or listen to their talks.
    • Multiple Myeloma - April 2016 - Click here. Fast forward to 1 hour and 21 minutes to hear Leslie's story.
    • Lymphoma - May 2015 - Click here

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