• What did you learn?

    Asked by 2943 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

    What did you learn?

    After you ‘finished treatments(surgery, radiation, chemo, immunotherapy)? Looking back, what did you learn?

    5 Answers from the Community

    5 answers
    • judithj's Avatar

      Always: Take someone with you to consultations. You can't remember everything!
      And, keep asking for second opinions, clinical trials - whatever will keep you moving
      All the treatments listed above will cause changes, please accept that because we cannot 'go back' - going forward is now our path. Friends/family and sites like this become our support group. Best wishes to all

      7 months ago
    • Rustysmom's Avatar

      Aside from all the nuts and bolts stuff about navigating the whole cancer treatment maze, the biggest take away I had was Empathy. For the first time I really understood at a visceral level the personal devastation and trauma this disease can wreak on an individual and a family. I speak from not only my own personal experience with cancer, but from my time spent with my sister who recently passed from metastatic breast cancer. Before my experience, I thought I understood, but I really didn't have a clue.

      7 months ago
    • triciab's Avatar

      Along the treatment path, you encounter so many people. You never know what any of them is going through at any given moment - so I learned that to extend grace to those who say or do something that feels wrong or hurtful (so many well-intentioned comments which nearly crushed my soul). If cancer gave me a gift, it was to better discern those situations where grace is required but to also walk away from situations/people when needed. It's allowed me to release anger and frustration and maybe extend a hand or kind word where I may have just walked away before. There is a tangible reduction in stress. With that being said, I also use my voice more effectively to advocate for myself and others when something doesn't feel right.

      7 months ago
    • MarcieB's Avatar

      I think we cannot help but be changed. Our bodies may be weaker - more vulnerable, but our spirits may well be stronger. I know mine is. I agree with triciab - I also feel I can better discern what is important for me in this stage of my life. I have more confidence in my decisions and I can brush off small annoyances, (at least most of the time!).

      7 months ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      I learned that all my other problems are tiny in comparison. Since cancer I've had some of the biggest challenges of my life and I ended up handling it all with great strength.

      7 months ago

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