Thriving Sexually During & After Cancer

Rosy is the first evidence-based mobile platform designed by doctors and psychologists to support women with low sexual desire. 





About This Class

  • Created for women who have or have had a cancer diagnosis and want to improve their sexual wellbeing
  • Designed by Dr. Terstriep, a Board Certified Oncologist and Dr. Hysjulien, a nurse and psychologist
  • Filled with educational materials and easy-to-incorporate actions made by experts who treat cancer patients every day
  • Developed to help you not only live, but thrive!

28 minutes of video content

3 guided journaling tasks

14 tasks focused on intentional work

Opportunities to set reminders

Meet Your

Chery Hysjulien, PsyD

Dr. Chery Hysjulien is an RN and clinical psychologist specializing in integrative health care at Sanford Health.  Dr. Hysjulien graduated from nursing school in 1979 and remains licensed as a registered nurse.  She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997 and has done extensive training and education in mind/body and integrative health care.  She has spent her medical career as a champion of holistic integrated approaches to patients and training medical staff about integrative healthcare.  Dr. Hysjulien practiced with a wide range of fields including eating disorders, cardiac, neurological disorders, genetic disorders and other medical disorders. However, her passion lies in working with oncology patients and teams. She has spent the last 15 years developing cancer, especially breast cancer, as a specific area of expertise.

Shelby Terstriep, MD 

Dr.  Shelby Terstriep is a medical oncologist at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, and specializes in breast cancer and survivorship care. She founded and is the Medical Director of the Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program that was recognized by the Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers as a “best practice” in 2012.

Dr. Terstriep is quadruple boarded in internal medicine, hematology, oncology and palliative medicine and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of North Dakota. She was awarded Sanford Health’s Innovator Award and the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams Quality of Life because of her innovative work and initiatives. She is active in research, serving on national committees to improve quality of life and healthcare outcomes. She designed, and is currently leading, a clinical trial evaluating nutritional interventions to improve breast cancer outcomes.

What You’ll Learn

Fatigue & Cancer

Fatigue is one of the most common and distressing symptoms during cancer treatment, making sex the last thing on your list of priorities. Here you will learn how to improve fatigue and get your energy for intimacy back. 

Partner Communication

Talking about sex is important for a healthy relationship, and with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, it’s even more critical. Even if you’ve never talked about sex, this lesson will help you find your voice and start that conversation. 

Sexual Pain

Cancer treatment can lead to pain during sexual activity for a variety of reasons. Here, we cover some of the most common causes that cancer and its treatment can contribute to pain, and give you some ideas on how to manage and break that cycle.

Stress & Cancer

Cancer is stressful emotionally, physically and spiritually, affecting sexual desire, arousal and pain. In this lesson, you’ll learn about the main stressors of your cancer diagnosis, intentional reflections and exercises to help decrease your stress levels.

Vaginal Dryness

Vaginal dryness is the most common sexual concern in general and can be magnified by cancer treatment. In this lesson, you’ll learn more all there is to know about vaginal dryness and the options you have available that can help.

Mood Changes

Depression and anxiety are common when going through cancer treatments. This lesson educates you on anxiety and depression throughout the cancer process, with questionnaires to help you to identify if you suffer from either. 

Body Image

This lesson addresses cancer, body image and its impact on sexual function. By becoming more aware of how we see and picture ourselves in our minds, we can take control of those thoughts and take steps in becoming kinder to ourselves.


Communicating about sex can be challenging after a cancer diagnosis, however, communicating can happen in ways other than talking. These exercises can help you connect with partner or yourself slowly and safely in a nonverbal way

Communication with Healthcare Team

Sexual concerns are a health and a quality of life concern that are impacted by cancer and its treatment. Speaking to your healthcare team about these concerns can be daunting. Here, you will learn some helpful approaches that will help empower you to get any additional help you may need from your care team. 

More Resources

Sexual Concerns Checklist

Download the Sexual Concerns Checklist and use it at your next healthcare appointment.


Read Pelvic & Vaginal Pain After Cancer Treatment: How to Use Vaginal Dilators

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