• For the Survivors that are passed the treatment stage.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

    For the Survivors that are passed the treatment stage.

    After surviving cancer and starting to try to move on with life, do you find that you feel a need to make your life count? I mean make it spectacular, or better than it was before, or do you feel like you need to prove that your life is worthwhile? It's a thing among some cancer survivors. Here is an article about it. http://flip.it/Ch8apM

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    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I'm not past the treatment stage yet, but I try to make every day count, even on treatment days when I don't feel like doing anything. Cancer makes you appreciate some of the things you took for granted.

      6 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I try to live a purposeful life - be kind to others, let someone go in front of you in the grocery line, find some good in every day, take up that hobby that you've always wanted to do, don't work at a job you hate because that will suck any joy in life right out of you.

      And lastly, don't sweat the small stuff.

      6 months ago
    • buckhunter's Avatar

      I do look at life differently now than before cancer. I guess we all probably do. I don't deliberately try to have a more fulfilled life, but I do what I want when I want and we enjoy whatever it is we are doing.

      6 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      Technically, I am still in treatment. But as I get older it wears me down to try to get everything organized before passing. I don't mean a will or arrangements - that's been done for several years.
      It's all the "stuff" I've accumulated. I know who wants what but most of us are getting older and are trying to downsize and don't want too much more themselves. Just the sentimental items which I understand. When my sister passed she had a 2200 sq. ft. house and 2 really large climate-controlled storage units. It took forever. My niece has a small unit with some of it and is trying to dispose of it. And the possessions are not what you want to put in a yard sale. She has her hands full with it at the moment. I am far behind in what I want to get accomplished. It doesn't take long before the fatigue sets in. At least my family knows I am making an attempt so they won't be in that situation again. I do try to make each day count.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I still have active cancer, but I want every day of my life to count. The fact that I still have tumors (and will likely always have at least one) doesn't mean I don't want every minute of every day to count. I probably try to cram more into almost every single day than I would have before diagnosis, but I have always been pretty driven to live life big.

      6 months ago
    • petieagnor's Avatar

      You all said what I was thinking. I'll be in active treatment until the end. I thought after BC in '06 was gone & treatment was over that it was a bump in the road. Exactly 10 years later that bump became a cave in. Each morning that I wake up is a start over for me. I'm blessed for the day.

      5 months ago

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