Being a Breast Cancer Survivor Is a Relief, but It Takes Time to Re-adjust

Being a Breast Cancer Survivor Is a Relief, but It Takes Time to Re-adjust
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono Hearing the words that you are breast-cancer-free is a huge relief. You have finished your final chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or your reconstructive surgery is complete. Congratulations. It is definitely a time to rejoice and celebrate. But as you will quickly discover, no one is completely finished with breast cancer. Lifestyle choices, mental status, outlook on life, and just about everything else have changed once you've had breast cancer. If you are having difficulty returning to the life you once had, you are not alone. After my double mastectomy, I thought my life would go back to the way it always did. I was wrong. Recovery lasts forever, or so it seems, because you have to regain muscle strength, manage your pain, and deal with other physical and emotional effects. Do not be hard on yourself for having feelings or being frustrated. You are completely normal. Being a survivor is a huge blessing, but it comes with strings attached. I remember like it was yesterday how I felt when the doctor told me on a cold January morning that I had breast cancer. Every so often the feeling and fear return like a punch in the stomach. The anxiety of cancer recurring or spreading to other parts of your body can run deep when you're a survivor. We know and understand how it feels, and what is at stake. We know that cancer can visit anyone, often with no warning. Dealing with your new body is a job in itself. Let's face it, your body has been through a lot during d
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  1. Kelli Ruthruff says:

    I tell people that usually the fear of the unknown is the worst but with cancer, the fear of the known is horrible. I hope I will never be the person I was before the day I got the diagnosis but I’m getting to know the ‘new me’ and continue to recover each and everyday ….. I’m glad to be here!

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