In Cancer Survivorship, One Size Does Not Fit All
There are 16 million cancer survivors in the U.S – individuals living through, with, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. As is true of cancer treatment, there is no one universal experience of survivorship. The fact is that more aspects of life change after cancer than people may realize. Survivors often fear that their cancer will return, which leaves them wrestling with newfound uncertainty and anxiety. They may be dealing with side effects from treatment, near and long term. They may need to adjust to shifts in their relationships and positions at home and the workplace. Some find themselves facing new challenges, such as body image issues, unresolved fatigue, and additional financial burdens due to insurance coverage gaps and the high cost of treatment.
Yet, survivorship can also present an opportunity to reevaluate and restructure one’s life. And while “creating a new normal” is never easy, some resources can help you in the process:
- Build a Survivorship Care Plan: A plan can help you regain control by managing your post-treatment emotional, physical, sexual, and financial health
- Join a local or virtual Survivorship Support Group: Meet other survivors through local groups offered by hospitals and care providers. Cancer CAREpoint offers a monthly Survivorship group
- Self-reflection: Connect with a counselor experienced in helping people move through the different phases of the cancer journey and identifying healthy ways to cope with changes and experiences that affect daily life
- Nourish your body and soul: Exercise, nutrition, and guided imagery programs can help the body cope with post-treatment effects and aid in managing stress and anxiety.
Many resources are available in the community, but it can be hard to find them, especially when you are new to survivorship. But, you don’t have to find your way alone. Cancer CAREpoint is here to ensure that all impacted by cancer are supported.