Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program

Have you had a cancer diagnosis, or have been diagnosed with a hereditary cancer syndrome?

Blueprints of Hope’s Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program offers free, local, one-to-one, confidential outreach and support from someone who has experienced the same journey. This volunteer, who is a cancer survivor, a “previvor”, is someone you can talk to and offer a listening ear. Our volunteers share wisdom, understanding, and shared support only a fellow cancer survivor or previvor can provide.

Blueprints of Hope’s Peer-to-Peer Mentoring goes beyond a traditional support group by having someone who has been faced with the same diagnosis and challenges to help mentor you through the process. We provide peer support on the phone, in person, or via e-mail, whichever method best suits the participants.

To begin to connect with someone who has been through a similar diagnosis – contact us at 970-403-3711 or through our website’s contact form. We will focus on your concerns and interests and connect you with a co-survivor from our community.

Hereditary Cancer Mentoring

Lynch Syndrome is one example of a genetic cancer syndrome for which we have Peer-to-Peer Mentoring. Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), is an inherited disorder caused by certain genes that do not work as they should. Typically these genes catch and correct any mistakes or errors on cells,  but if there is a mutation in a particular gene, errors can accumulate in the cells. Over time, these cells can become cancerous.

Carrying the genetic mutations found in Lynch syndrome increases a person’s risk for developing early onset cancers of the colon, rectum, stomach, intestine, pancreas, liver, gallbladder ducts, upper urinary tract, brain, prostate, uterus, ovary, breast and other types of cancers. Lynch syndrome is an autosomal dominant syndrome, which means that each child of a carrier has a 50/50 chance of inheriting this mutation.

Lynch syndrome affects approximately 150,000 people in the United States. Genetic counseling and genetic testing are crucial in the fight against this syndrome and are both highly recommended for families who may be affected with this genetic disorder. With proper diagnosis and surveillance, many cancers associated with this disease can be prevented. For individuals who have the mutation, their health management and lives are intensely affected.

Living with Lynch syndrome brings about many emotional and physical challenges. Sharing these challenges with a peer mentor can create a sense of community. Finding others who know how you feel, or being with others who are experiencing the same disorder may bring about a greater sense of connectedness and understanding.

Our mentoring program is modeled to share tips, information, and resources that assist and empower those who are reaching out for emotional and practical support. We are here to help one another become our greatest advocate – to encourage one another to take the best care of ourselves and to share ways to bring greater emotional and physical health.

Blueprints of Hope’s mentors have courageously offered to share their experiences with cancer and hereditary cancer syndromes with other at-risk families in our community. Join us to increase the quality of your life by meeting other people who are facing a similar journey.

To learn more, please e-mail us through our contact form, or call us at 970-403-3711. This program is free of charge.