Posts tagged “Survivorship”

Survivor's Guilt - It's Real and How You Can Cope

by Jane Ashley

Survivor’s guilt happens to many people — survivors of an airplane crash where other passengers died, September 11th survivors of the Twin Towers, survivors of mass shootings. Most cancer survivors have never thought about survivor’s guilt . When we are diagnosed, we are focused on our treatment and hoping that we’ll survive. The thought that we’ll feel guilty about surviving never enters our minds.

Every Person Is Different

But then, someone who was in treatment at the same time succumbs to their disease or they...

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How to Get Back to Life After Treatment

by Jane Ashley

It’s the moment that we’ve waited for and dreamed of, our treatment is done. No more chemo or radiation — we’ve recovered from surgery. Our oncologist says to us, “We’ll see you in three months.” We go to check-out, expecting to feel elated, but it suddenly hits us that no one is going to checking on us for the next three months.

Live One Day At A Time (1)

You may experience an entirely different set of emotions than you expected. Instead of turning cartwheels of joy, you might feel “let-down” or “unsettled.” After...

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"Beachbum5817" Reaching Milestones in Her Life Once Thought Unobtainable

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week is "Beachbum5817", a breast cancer survivor who has, as of this writing,  passed the five year mark by seven months. She shares her story of finding a lump through surgery, treatments, doubts, pain, lows, and highs, and through to being a five year survivor. This is her story.

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Above: Beachbum5817 and her Daughter celebrating after her last radiation treatment

I had my yearly mammogram in Sept. 2013, and I received a card in the mail saying that everything...

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Why Cancer Isn't Over When You Ring The Bell

by Jane Ashley

Most cancer patients expect that when they complete their cancer treatment, they’ll pick up where they left off with their lives. They think that it will be kind of like the SERVPRO slogan — Like it never even happened.

Sail Towards The Sun

We believe (or want to believe) that the time spent in cancer treatment was just a bad dream, and that once treatment has ended, we are done — finished — cured — never going back to those days again.

Are our expectations realistic?

Many cancer survivors are surprised when...

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Can Life After Cancer Include Dating?

by Jane Ashley

Can life after cancer include dating?

Dating After Cancer

Of course it can — life after cancer should include living life to its fullest, including the development of deep and enduring relationships. Dating after cancer can be more complicated because you may have physical scars, long term medical issues and physical/sexual issues. But no one is perfect. Other people have health problems too.

What kinds of cancer survivors might be interested in dating again?

Well, almost any cancer survivor could potentially...

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Adding Life to Your Years

by Jane Ashley

You’ve just finished your last chemotherapy session, or you’ve just had your last radiation treatment. Or your pathology report from your surgery showed clean margins, no residual tumor and no positive lymph nodes – so you won’t be needing adjuvant (mop-up) chemotherapy.
They tell you, “We’ll see you in three months.”

Sunset

“WOW,” you think. You’re happy and relieved. You look forward to getting back to normal.
And then that little devil named “DOUBT and FEAR” whispers in your ear, “Yes, but what...

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Emotions You May Experience After Treatment Ends

by Jane Ashley

Most of us expect to feel jubilant and overjoyed when our treatment ends. But many of us find that it’s not that easy to transition back into “normal” life. People who haven’t experienced cancer firsthand, either as a patient or caregiver, don’t realize that just because we’re not taking medications does not mean that our cancer care is over.

Feeling Lonely

Cancer survivors have a “new normal.” We are cautiously optimistic while acknowledging our fear of recurrence. Our values may change – we may isolate...

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You've Finished Cancer Treatments, What's Next?

by Jane Ashley

WhatNexter CindiT85 ringing the bell after finishing treatments.

Cindit85 Ringing Bell

It’s the day that you’ve looked forward to since you first learned that you had cancer. You counted down the radiation sessions. You marked off the weeks between chemotherapy sessions. You waited the allotted time, after chemo or radiation, until you could have surgery. You waited for genetic results. You waited for the pathology report. You waited to finish adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation. You marked every event in your...

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Persevering and Overcoming - A Story of a 30-Year Cancer Fight

by Glen Kirkpatrick

My life with my wife Debbie, and our three-year-old son Russell was wonderful before cancer. Our memory building times together included family dinners, the days we spent swimming in our pool, taking trips to the San Diego Zoo, and enjoying extended vacations. Leading up to my first cancer diagnosis I was serving as a police officer with the City of Manhattan Beach, California. My wife was working in the animal healthcare field.

Our Wedding Photo

I STOOD OUTSIDE IN THE POURING RAIN. As the water washed over...

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Hitting Pause: Creating Your Own Battle Plan Against Cancer

by Jackie Edwards

Guest Blog Post by Jackie Edwards

According to the United States government, over 14 million United States citizens have some form of cancer. Rather than giving in to the depression that comes with a cancer diagnosis, many cancer patients are beginning to empower themselves with control over treatment options. These people find it easier to accept mainstream medicine and help themselves living healthier lives during treatment.

Hitting Pause Creating Your Own Battle Plan Against Cancer

The Diagnosis is Cancer

Initially, after the diagnosis, the shock...

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