• How do you get back to normal life after cancer?

    Asked by shescountry32 on Thursday, July 21, 2016

    How do you get back to normal life after cancer?

    Do you feel like you don't know what normal is anymore?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • geekling's Avatar

      Normal used to live in Peoria. Plays would always be tried out first there. The saying was that if it went over well, the play would be a huge hit on Broadway. That was usually true.

      Then Normal made a move and neglected to leave a forwarding address.

      Everyone still looks for normal but one needs to accept oneself as you are.

      Health challenges are very difficult. Baby steps. No giving up no matter how many times you lose your balance. First you sit up, then you crawl, then you do that two steps forward and one back bit as you wobble along.

      Eventually you dont stop moving but you become a cepting and happy again as you sail through your life.

      Best wishes and patience.

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Here are a couple of articles we posted over the last couple of years addressing this. It's common to feel like you're trying to find yourself again. Take a look at these.

      over 3 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I am an oddball. I refused to give up my life when I was diagnosed with cancer. WhIle receiving chemo, I had to adjust a bit. There were times I simply could not maintain my pre-cancer lifestyle, but as soon as I possibly could, I returned to my regular activities.

      I do not work now, but I worked for the first year-plus after my diagnosis. I guess that helped me maintain some semblance of "normal" as well. Mostly, I love, love, love dog agility. I MADE myself go to classes and trials, even when I could barely walk.

      So, I never let cancer decide what my life was going to be like.

      over 3 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I never considered myself "normal" and almost everyone who knew me would agree. Cancer is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. And you have an opportunity to decide how what that you will be. Cancer really doesn't change you it just makes you more you. I have really never "loved life" in fact when I was diagnosed with cancer I was 10 days away from a well planned suicide that would absolutely look line an accident. But cancer was a challenge to see if I could beat the odds. Well I am still not exactly "in Love with life" but I am still alive. What I am saying is if your life was good before cancer it will be good after cancer just in a slightly different way. And if it was bad before cancer it is an opportunity to make it better. I am one of those people who say cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me. But I guess that is not "normal".

      over 3 years ago
    • lindi143's Avatar

      We are trying to find the new normal and it will always include waiting to see if cancer comes back soooo I am not a fan of the new normal. It takes a while to try and figure it out.

      over 3 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      What @geekling said.
      Caregiving shoved my "normal" out the window. Cancer tweaked it further.
      I ask myself, "How can I best live my life under the circumstances?" and find work-arounds accordingly.

      over 3 years ago
    • shescountry32's Avatar

      Well, thank you all for your responses to my question. I am having mixed emotions about it for sure. I don't know what normal is anymore without going to chemotherapy, doctor appointments, blood tests, pills everyday and worrying if my leukemia will come back. I appreciate all of you and this is a site I rely on for support and hopefully I can help support others too. Hugs and love

      over 3 years ago
    • schweetieangel's Avatar

      I am trying so hard to find my new normal. I am having a hard time of it. Taking it day by day. Cancer changed us all for sure. Some find their way back to normal faster than others. I believe it is there just trying to find it. Good luck everyone.

      over 3 years ago

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