A Surprising Side Effect of Cancer - New Friends

by GregP_WN

“Social butterfly isn’t” want people initially think of when they think of someone living with cancer. We more often hear about the lethargy and fatigue that comes from chemo, other drugs, and cancer itself. 

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But there are 5 surprising ways cancer helps you make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

Grandmother And Granddaughter

1. Reaffirm Relationships With Family and Friends

Cancer has a way of putting life into perspective. We’re so used to thinking that we’ll get to the things we love eventually: that big family trip, the hobby we’ve wanted to return to, a book club with friends. But cancer has a way of reprioritizing things. And usually friends and family make the top of that list. Not only are they supportive through the process of treatment, but they’re there afterward, too. They’re reminding you what you’re fighting for—time with them. Family dinners hold greater importance; time spent with friends is put on the top of the to-do list.

Long Lost Friends

2. Long Lost Friends Resurface 

For many people, friends they haven’t seen or talked to in years get back in touch after hearing about a cancer diagnosis. Cancer puts a sense of urgency and acts as a reminder of why such friendships shouldn’t fall by the wayside. This familiar place of support is a welcome addition when you’re battling cancer

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3. Nurses and Doctors

Sometimes it may seem like your only social circle is your doctor and nurses! But it’s important to keep forming new social relationships. Your need to have a good relationship with your doctor to make sure you’re getting the best care, and who can’t say enough about nurses?! They can really make treatment appointments more enjoyable when you have a friendly face to greet you, to remember the stories you told about your grandkids, and is truly interested in who you are, not just your treatment or your cancer.

Chemo Room

4. Other People at Treatment Centers

Depending on your treatment, at some point you may find yourself a regular at the local infusion center. At first, this may seem like the least pleasant thing you could be doing, and it’s natural to keep to yourself. But over time, it can be hard to resist the pull of conversation with others who you see over and over again.

Some of the best support groups can be formed in your own backyard! And slowly, this event you used to dread, you might actually find yourself looking forward to it. Then when you see the new strangers, you’ll remember how you felt, what you needed to hear, and you can be the one to support them.

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5. Awareness Community

Part of getting a cancer diagnosis means you’re entering a group of people who know exactly what you’re going through. And many times, this common bond propels people into a common cause: raising awareness. Whether you’re still in the middle of your battle, or you’re in a period of remission, you may choose to join an awareness group to help spread the word of what exactly your life is like. Why people should pay attention. Why more research needs to be done. Because sometimes the strongest voice is your own.

Join the Community at WhatNext for support, inspiration and motivation. Connect with others on a similar path with cancer as you. How has having cancer helped you be more social? Please comment and tell us how it has helped you. 

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