The New Normal

When treatment ends, you’ll find that you have new concerns – about how to view life, treatment related issues, worry about recurrence, you may have changed during treatment and now see the world in a new way.

After treatment, you might be surprised to find that you still have emotional ups and downs , fear and anxiety.  While you might be happy, you might also feel sad, tired, anxious or scared.  Try to face these feelings head on by:

  • Journaling
  • Celebrating with friends and family
  • Finding ways to celebrate your life every day
  • Putting reminders throughout your home, car office or in your phone to trigger positive feelings

Practical concerns:

  • Feeling Normal Again.  Also, know that you will feel normal again.  Tell your friends and family how you feel.  Although you may be in recovery, it takes time to deal with your physical and emotional changes, and to deal with all your feelings.  Make sure to honor your body and try not to overdo it.  You’re still recovering.  Say “yes” to you and keep a slow pace.  As you ease back into your “new normal”.
  • Why Do Am I Still Worried and Scared?  After treatment, often any pain or discomfort can bring new worries and anxiety. Make sure to talk to your provider if you have concerns about your health and any fears you might have.
  • Follow up Scans and Tests. It’s also normal to feel anxiety about follow up tests and scans.  Make sure to take someone with you to these appointments, and be pro-active in making and keeping your appointments.
  • Body Changes.  Your body may have changed due to surgery, you may have scars, hair loss, lymphedema, your period may have stopped temporarily, you may be in menopause, have chemobrain, weight gain, pain, muscle pain or other symptoms.  Talk to your provider about this.
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