Why “Normal” Life Can Feel Unfamiliar Once Treatment Ends
Warning: “Normal” life can feel pretty alien once treatment ends. But what happens once there’s no evidence of disease and that adrenaline stops pumping? Well, it can be tough to move forward!
Nobody misses cancer, but you might find yourself missing the support of your healthcare team. Reintegrating into your “old” life isn’t easy. For such a long time, your only mission was “Beat cancer.” Everything else fell second to that goal, and you had a team of professionals cheering you on to reach it. Now, the cheering section feels more distant... there is no doctor outlining exactly what steps you need to take and in which order.
You’re “free”, but you might not feel like it.
Even when you think you feel as normal as you ever will again, issues can creep up out of the blue. Maybe you lose your everloving SH*T at not being able to find the TV remote, or you start to find that even things you used to find fun inexplicably put you into a cold sweat. Post-traumatic stress disorder, intimacy issues, or depression don’t always show themselves right after you leave the hospital. Healing isn’t linear that way. Having someone or a group of people to lean on in the months or even years to come is so important.