• For the survivors who have completed treatment and moving on with life---

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

    For the survivors who have completed treatment and moving on with life---

    Name something you DIDN'T expect from life after cancer. Good or bad.

    14 Answers from the Community

    14 answers
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Becoming a better wife, mother, daughter, friend and coworker.

      Not that I was not a nice person before...I'm actually surprised when I go to my high school reunions and my classmates all say they remember me as being one of the nicest kids. I don't quite remember it being that way, but happy they think so...lol.

      But in reality, I'm more appreciative, empathetic, compassionate, considerate and thoughtful since my cancer experience. I have a different focus in life and for this I'm grateful. Who'd ever think that cancer would make one a better person?

      7 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I didn’t expect to meet other breast cancer survivors I’ve stayed friends with for 19 years now (we met in a post-treatment women’s group given by our hospital). And I didn’t expect to meet friends here on WN.

      7 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I didn't expect some of the side effects to be permanent. I thought that when treatment was over, everything else would eventually be over, too. I do think that I have become a much calmer person, and I don't stress about the little things anymore. Most days, I am a very happy person.

      7 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      I didn't realize that I would become a passionate advocate for others. I've always been compassionate, but seeing others in the chemo room and radiation waiting room touched my heart forever.

      I also didn't expect that I would get the opportunity to write to help others. While I don't recommend cancer as the ideal opportunity builder, it does open new doors for many of us.

      7 months ago
    • Kp2018's Avatar

      I never expected that I would be a daily visitor to whatnext.com and an actual participant in this form of "social media."

      7 months ago
    • Padragain's Avatar

      I too did not know that I would have pain on swallowing 5 years later. Sometimes worse than others but I can swallow. I chock easily and have to be careful and pay attention. I can taste most things properly . Fruit still has an odd taste but I'm enjoying food

      7 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      The bad things I didn't expect, having a TIA stroke, losing my teeth, swallowing issues.
      The good things I didn't expect, appreciating many of the things in life that lots of people take for granted. We are given a second, third, fourth, or more, chances on life, it's up to us to take advantage of them.

      7 months ago
    • dollymama's Avatar

      I didn't expect some people to disappear who I thought would be there. And I didn't expect some people to step up that I never thought I would hear from.

      7 months ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      I never expected a variety of medical diseases/complications that immediately followed the many cancers I got over.
      Perhaps they are related to cancer, perhaps not. It is a constant what's next.

      "What Next" and the members here are the good things out of all of this.

      7 months ago
    • Throatless' Avatar

      I didn't expect that I would lose half of the use of my body. I cannot do half of the things that I used to do, and those that I can do I can't do them for very long. I hope I get better.

      7 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I also never expected that I would join a group like WhatNext and participate. This is the only "social media" I do.

      7 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      One more thing I didn't expect is that chemo brain continuing to progress 32 years later and showing no signs of getting any better.

      7 months ago
    • BugsBunny's Avatar

      I didn't expect to have my deep appreciation for all of the little things in life that I used to overlook.

      7 months ago
    • Kebohs' Avatar

      I didn’t expect my left side of my neck where I had a partial parotidectomy to stay numb 5yrs later but, I am happy to be alive and well. It’s a small price to pay. I love a respect life more than ever.

      7 months ago

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