Sometimes a cancer diagnosis can make you feel that your life has stopped or changed in such a way that it will never be the same. While things may change, your life hasn’t stopped; it’s just taken a different road than you thought you’d be on. As you move through treatment, your focus in on doing the things you need to do to get better. As that ends, you may feel relieved and free, but also a little scared that you’re not actively doing something. If you’re receiving long term treatment for a more advanced disease, you may face other challenges as you live your life. This year at our workshop, Dr. Shauntice Allen offered this little bit of wisdom for young survivors: “live, live, live”.
Some ways you can begin to thrive as a cancer survivor are:
1) Get the support you need from support groups, counseling, your healthcare team, and you friends and family.
2) Look at what you’ve gone through and what you’ve done and realize your strength! Don’t be hard on yourself for the things you weren’t able to do at the time.
3) Take your health into consideration and set personal goals for your health.
4) Make plans for the future, but embrace the moment. Pour your life into the relationships that matter the most to you and don’t be afraid to take the time to do fun and exciting things with those you love.
5) Sharing your story with other survivors can be very healing.
Check out our survivorship series videos as well as Dr. Shauntice Allen’s talk and interview from the 2016 Workshop.