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Keeping It Real: Life After A Cancer Diagnosis

  posted on:  May 4, 2017

Remission. The best gift anyone who has ever received a cancer diagnosis can receive. Something to be extremely and eternally grateful for. But, even when remission is achieved, once you have a cancer diagnosis, either your own or a loved one’s, life is not the same. Don’t get me wrong. Personally, life is good.

But.

But every once in a while, a reminder from the early days of a diagnosis or treatment presents itself and sometimes, that reminder knocks the wind out of you. That feeling of the unknown…is the treatment going to work? As if those reminders are not bad enough, then comes the what ifs. What if it…what if it comes back?

Why am I talking about this? Because I have been feeling guilty for recently feeling anxious and wasting time on what ifs and want to keep things real here. But mostly because after talking to a few folks who have been through cancer themselves, I’m finally realizing that this anxiety is not unusual. I’m not the only one to struggle with the after shocks (as one friend appropriately referred to the anxiety and sadness that arises every now and then) of cancer. Even with a positive outcome, getting to that outcome can be traumatic. It’s ok to acknowledge those feelings and that it’s ok to ask for help.

 

I am not a healthcare professional. I am not a doctor. I am not a nurse. I am not a social worker. I am simply sharing the information learned from my own experience. Your experience is going to be different. 

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