Life after Cancer

G_RD Member Posts: 2 Member
edited May 22 in Leukemia #1

How are some ways you guys have coped after Cancer? I don't really know how to live my life now. It's been really hard to get back into just living my life normally. I feel like I'm not the same person anymore:( I guess I never really processed any of it til now.


  • Engineerguy
    Engineerguy Member Posts: 3 Member
    edited March 31 #2

    Hello. I was still in high school when I went through my cancer, so school was enough to distract, I guess. My experience with survivorship is to be open to anyone that has questions about your journey. Reach out to friends and family to spend time with them, stay with your hobbies. You aren’t the same person as when you went in, but accepting what you’ve been through and seeing this a second chance, be true to yourself and enjoy life. Not to distract, feel the feels, talk about them, seek counseling even, but to live life.

  • DeliverinWhoopins
    DeliverinWhoopins Member Posts: 2 Member

    After my transplant it took a few years to realize who I was. The best way to describe it is, I was lost… Looking for myself. For so long I had to change my life in order to recover.

    I took up different hobbies thinking this is me now but in reality I’m still that same person just mentally stronger now.

    I suggest you get back into whatever made you happy before your transplant.

    Stay strong 🦾🦾

  • po18guy
    po18guy Member Posts: 1,368 Member

    Well, I have developed the attitude that I do not want to go back to my former life. Why is that? Looking forward from my former life was....cancer. Rather, I chose to pick up the pieces, realize that just as I am not a teenager or even middle-aged anymore, I seek peace within my limitations. I believe that each day, regardless of what it contains, is a blessing. On good days, I wish for more hours, and on bad, give thanks that they are no more than 24 hours.

    In a life process which makes far more sense in retrospect, I was spiritually prepared even before cancer. I chose old-fashioned faith. I was prepared to exit this life, but when I made that decision, my life was mysteriously and miraculously given back to me. Since 2008, four cancers: One lymphoma three times, another twice, a marrow cancer once, a skin cancer once, and a stem-cell transplant. So far.

    It is a matter of perspective.