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If you have just completed cancer treatment, you are probably going through a mix of emotions ranging from excitement to uncertainty. During treatment, you had to get used to a new normal filled with routine treatments and visits to the doctor. Now that treatment is over, you may find yourself with some new challenges.
Many survivors struggle with fear and anxiety that cancer may return, making it difficult to move on after treatment ends. Living with uncertainty is not easy, but it is very common especially within the first year of survivorship.
There are some things you can do to cope with these fears:
As time passes, you may find your fears of recurrence begin to diminish. In the meantime, as you navigate this new journey of cancer survivorship, try to control what you can, celebrate milestones as they arise, and focus on the future.
If you find yourself having difficulty transitioning to a new normal, help is available. Make sure to seek additional guidance or counseling if you experience serious signs of anxiety and depression.
How do you keep busy once cancer treatment has ended? Tell us in the below comments.
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