The moment you hear the words, “You are in remission,” you go immediately from patient to survivor. It is a time when you and your loved ones take a collective sigh of relief and try to restore a sense of normalcy in your life.
Life after cancer
People struggling with cancer are on a strict schedule of tests, scans, appointments, check-ups and treatments. As difficult as it was to get used to all of it, returning to a pre-cancer life as a survivor can be equally as overwhelming. Survivors often look different, feel different and have a different set of priorities. What was once important is now a distant memory.
Mental and emotional support
Once a person goes into remission, they will likely need aftercare support for things like improving mobility and managing residual pain. As you can imagine, a cancer diagnosis not only takes a physical toll, but a mental toll as well. It’s important for survivors to seek mental health treatment and emotional support groups. These services will help them persevere and lead their best possible life. It is vital to know they are not alone during their ongoing struggle.
Once cancer survivors have re-entered their pre-cancer life and made it their own again, it’s time for them to start thinking about their future. The future is something they’ve probably not thought about for quite some time. It can be overwhelming. Thankfully, there are many services that can help prepare them for returning to work, reconnecting with friends and family, and coping with their day-to-day feelings.
The experienced team of oncologists at the START Center for Cancer Care often helps reframe our survivors’ sense of self from patient to guide. Survivors can help mentor those that are struggling with cancer treatments to lift their spirits and keep them mentally strong to handle the tough road ahead. Today, we celebrate all cancer survivors and remind them that they are not alone.
For more information about the oncology therapies we offer or to schedule an appointment, call the START Center for Cancer Care at 210-745-6841, or use our easy online form.