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    Anyone experience a let down or anxiety after completing radiation?

    Asked by KJB on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    Anyone experience a let down or anxiety after completing radiation?

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      No let down, kind of opposite, very happy and overjoyed to be done. Had a celebration and started getting on with life and looking forward to the side effects going away. Some of those still with me after 2.5 yrs. Good luck to you, I hope you can be happy and optomistic about your future!

      about 9 years ago
    • KJB's Avatar

      Oh I had a celebration and am happy to be done! I was in such a "treament" mode that I am anxious about not doing any treatment..hope that makes sense. I very optimistic about my future. Best of all to you!

      about 9 years ago
    • ibcword's Avatar

      I had chemo first, surgery next, and now doing radiation. I had a "let down" period during my healing time after surgery. They say it is normal because you spend so much time working on killing the cancer, once treatment stops, you feel like you should be doing something. The best thing I did to move past that feeling was to turn that "killing cancer" focus in another direction. Evaluate your eating habits or exercise routine, build others up who are fighting the same battle, do something fun you've been putting off, etc...etc. I hope that helps. Best wishes!

      about 9 years ago
    • Janice's Avatar

      Absolutely! I cried when I left my last treatment. I felt so close to the technicians. It had become a part of my life. That being said, I don't really want to do it again.

      about 9 years ago
    • Fran100's Avatar

      I wasn't let down but I started to worry about if it helped. I will be getting a Pet Scan on March 6th and so scared of the results. I have
      lung cancer (non small cell). Its inoperable because its near my aorta. Sorry for digressing but I completely understand how you feel.
      While in treatment you have that optimistic feeling that its killing the cancer and then when you are done you think about what is going on inside of me. I pray a lot. We are all different and handle our situation differently. But its true when folks say to try to do fun things and get back to living. It may take a while for you to feel that way but I know it will come.

      about 9 years ago
    • superfoob's Avatar

      I agree with ibcword.
      I think it is Ok to feel some apprehension as treatment winds down. I am in the middle of my Radiation treatments and am starting to get nervous about returning to work and all the other "normal" things that have been shoved to the side while I focused on surviving.
      Right now, for me, I am finding it hard to get back to the things I love, like hobbies. Almost like I am waiting until treatment is over to start back at life. Im just not feeling ready and that is ok too.
      It's is hard to imagine not having all of the doctor appts, tests, treatments, etc... So I am trying/learning to let my brain and my body tell me when they are ready. Until that time, I just try to not let myself feel guilt for not jumping back it.
      I hope that makes sense as much as I hope it helps you see that not everyone can celebrate right away and it's ok.

      about 9 years ago
    • dennis' Avatar

      I was happy to be done but also a little sad to end because I had so many good experiences during the treatment. Doing the radiation everyday was getting a little tedious, but I grew to love the staff and also developed some other good relationships with other cancer patients who were waiting for their treatment. I have been done for a month and I am back to work full time. I'm trying not to get back into the rat race again. When I leave work at the end of the day, that is it for work and I try everyday to enjoy all of the good things in life and even slow down a little to appreciate them. I am trying to keep everything good that I learned still in my life. Now I will wait for several months to see if they killed the cancer - but I've decided not to worry about it and enjoy living.

      about 9 years ago

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