• Can you live a full long life once diagnosed?

    Asked by Itsmylife5 on Monday, May 27, 2013

    Can you live a full long life once diagnosed?

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I have been living a full life since my diagnosis of breast cancer last year. Sure, it affects your life but don't stop living it. I still do most of the things I did before cancer. Mostly I get tired more easily. But I think if you keep a positive outlook and you want to keep doing the things you enjoy, a cancer diagnosis shouldn't prevent you from living a full life.

      over 3 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      I dunno.

      It has been 11 years since I was diagnosed and then treated.

      Ask me again in another decade.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I was diagnosed in 1988 was dx'd again in 89, and the 3rd time 2008. Through all of that, I still keep kicking and trying to enjoy life. I ride motorcycles, play music, do my woodworking hobby, I participate heavily in Relay For Life, volunteer for American Cancer Society. So my answer is yes, you can. My problem is not really to try to have a fulfilled life, it's trying to fit everything in it.

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar


      over 3 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar

      In my book, Melanoma Mama: On Life, Death, and Tent Camping, I write about how I squeeze joy into the cracks between the medical madness. Depending on how disabling the disease becomes, life's focus may change for us, and we may not be able to do all the things we used to with the same intensity, but with Stage IV melanoma, I continue to enjoy things I've always enjoyed--hiking, camping, dancing, skiing, and traveling. Sometimes I ski the rough, steep terrain and sometimes I can barely ski the baby slopes, but I do what I can to the extent I can. As for my purpose in life--that's a tougher question. I'm no longer trying to reform the legal system, but I am trying to show struggling people how to relax a bit and enjoy the bumpy ride. As for longevity? I've been lucky that immunotherapy, radiation, and surgeries have worked well for me so far, and I've outlived my expiration date several times over. (23 years with melanoma.)
      In my cancer support group last week we discussed whether we should form new romantic relationships, or whether that is unfair to the other person. The general consensus is, as long as you're not hiding your health history, go for it. If the other person wants to take you on, then you're lucky to find love. You do have to consider whether you can ride it out emotionally if they abandon you when the going gets rough. It's not an easy decision.
      Constance Emerson Crooker

      over 3 years ago
    • Stevo's Avatar

      That is a big question. I would say that only you can provide the answer to that yourself. As you do, notice how precious the days really are and all the things often taken for granted. I agree with Nancebeth that a cancer diagnosis shouldn't prevent you from living a full life. None of us knows how long we have to live it, but there is good to be done in the time we have.

      over 3 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      In my case it was imporsible in the first 06 months after diagnosis, because I underwent surgery twice and I had little bad side effects with the first chemo protocol I got. But since my protocol changed (02 months ago) I am feeling much better and restarting day by day activities as I used to do before diagnosis.....another thing is that since I am stage IV fighter, I have learned not to think that much about future but to fully enjoy present, so I live my life with much more joy than before, and not wait for tomorrow to do things that I like, to spend time with people that I love and to admire little and beautiful things of world......fighting cancer is just one more thing I have in my daily activities, but there are several others much better and pleasant.....Be faithful.....eat healthly, practice exercise, stay up-to-date on treatments options, have friends and move forward, For GOD nothing is impossible, do your part and never give up!!!! I have heard that present is a gift that's the reason it is called present......and I agree, so live your present......

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      We wondered the same thing when my husband was diagnosed with melanoma, about 15 years ago. I'm sure he'd say YES! YES! YES! (And boy, am I GLAD!)

      over 3 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar

      You can live a full life regardless of circumstances. That is a personal choice everyone has to make regardless if healthy or with a diagnosis. Remember you are not cancer, you just have cancer! Keep pushing forward!!

      over 3 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar

      I'm a 4 year survivor of Stage IIIB Melanoma. SO Yes you can.


      over 3 years ago
    • StrongSteph's Avatar


      about 3 years ago

    Help the community by answering this question:

    Create an account to post your answer Already have an account? Sign in!

    By using WhatNext, you agree to our User Agreement, and Privacy Policy

    Read and answer more skin cancer - melanoma questions.  Also, don't forget to check out our Skin Cancer - Melanoma page.