Life After Treatment
Many cancer survivors have said that while they felt they had lots of information and support during their illness, once treatment stopped, they entered a whole new world – one filled with new questions. The term “cancer survivor” is used to include anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of his or her life. The word “survivor” helps many people think about embracing their lives beyond their illness.
While cancer is a major event for all who are diagnosed, it brings with it the chance for growth. As hard as treatment can be, many cancer survivors have said that the experience led them to make important changes in their lives. Many say they now take time to appreciate each new day. They also have learned how to take better care of themselves and value how others care for them. Others draw from their experience to become advocates to improve cancer research, treatment, and care.
Those who have gone through cancer treatment describe the first few months as a time of change. It’s not so much “getting back to normal” as it is finding out what’s normal for you now. People often say that life has new meaning or that they look at things differently now. You can also expect things to keep changing as you begin your recovery.