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extremely depressed,self conscious and dont know where to turn. recovering from hodgkins lymphoma

Lexilou15's picture
Posts: 9
Joined: Aug 2013

my name is alexis i am 21yrs old and the last 2 and a half years of my life i spent fighting my cancer. now i am in remission but i cant get away from my anxiety and depression and self consciousness. when i look in the mirror i dont see myself anymore. i see a girl that is broken and i cant put the pieces back together. i feel so alone and just really need someone who understands what i am going through. Cry

grandmafay's picture
Posts: 1612
Joined: Aug 2009

I just wanted to tell you that you are not alone! Many here are with you, understand your feelings and care. I am not a cancer survivor. I was a caregiver, but others here are survivors. Even though each person has a different story and experience, many of your experiences are the same. Know that. Carry it in your heart. Life after cancer is different even for your friends and family. You will find your way. You are not broken; you are beautiful. Take care, Fay


PS: Ask your doctor about meds or counseling for your depression. You may need them. You have been through a lot. 

Viking51's picture
Posts: 21
Joined: Sep 2013

I agree w depression meds. do not take pharmaceuticals though. Go natural. Most depression meds have horrible side effects. thoughts of suicide, decreased libido, and major addictive tendencies. Most importantly though is to reach out to a therapist,  support group, friends, family, strangers. Just seek help and be aggresive. Do not try to do this on your own

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