Some times I forget that some cancer patients do survive.
What’s that like? How do you start to ‘live’ again after cancer treatment? If your oncologist tells you, “You’re finished here, have a good life,” what’s the next step?
There is after-care in cancer. Your primary doctor takes on an important role, because he/she has to watch for signs of recurrence. Chemotherapy has probably left it’s mark in some way: fingers and toes are numb, lingering skin problems sometimes, even cognitive issues remain. Radiation treatments can leave similar problems. What about rehab? It can become a necessity following certain surgeries.
Cancer can be cured, but not forgotten.
So how does it feel to be a real survivor? Can you ever really put it behind you?
I’m curious because it didn’t happen that way for me.
This one’s for the survivors….what’s it like, really?