Life After Cancer Treatment

Many Cancer survivors whom I interviewed for my dissertation reported that the time following their cancer treatments was actually more challenging psychologically than the time during treatments (other than diagnosis).

None of the individuals I interviewed attended support group meetings. Many wanted to get as far away from their cancer reality and furthermore didn't want to attend another appointment!

But, at post cancer treatment, the survivors I spoke with had more space for reflection. Space they didn't necessarily have when they were fighting for their lives.

I too felt this way after my cancer battle was completed. I began to have more space for reflection and a lot of questions surfaced. Perhaps after cancer treatments we are ready to tell our story, feel, and ask the questions we may not have had to capacity to stomach during treatments. Then we can move on from cancer....?

Love and Light,
Dr. Regina