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Have any childhood cancer survivors experienced mental difficulties in their adult years?

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Joined: Jun 2018

I've had this overwhelming depression on my shoulders ever since I hit my late teens. A lot of simple conflict situations in social environments give me a life or death feeling like I need to either escape or my life is in danger. I have anxiety at times that seems to make the people around me feel uncomfortable. They'll never straight up say it, but their body language seems to speak for itself. I have trouble connecting with others. I feel like that's what I want most but have trouble making friends or knowing what to say or how to act in order to make it happen. Also have trouble with finding direction in life. I am 25 now. Age 6 is when I had cancer in the kidney. Six months later it relapsed in the lung. I went through much chemotherapy and breathing exercises for the lung cancer. I had a bone marrow transplant as well. And spent over six months in hospital beds. Now as a young adult I seem to be having mental difficulties.

Anyone experience similar difficulties?

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Joined: Aug 2018

Yes, I had brain cancer whan I was 11. Struggled with depression and social anxiety till about 4 years ago. I became worse and now I have bipolar disorder and panic disorder. Had to get on disability for these and some physical, and learning became worse and worse. Could not learn my job tasks. These things we are experiencing are late term effects. If you look into Long term follow up study at St Judes hospital. You can read about these problems that are experienced by many childhood cancer survivors.

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