Life after treatment looks different for everyone, but what could it look like for you?
Healing, as we mentioned in our last blog, comes in may waves. Survivorship becomes a way of life, and it looks a little different for everyone. It's a daily battle to deal with but you are strong enough, wise enough, and worthy enough to live with it and through it. You are allowed to claim how you want to live your life. We do offer several services to help your survivorship feel a little easier. After life-changing events, we offer total wellness through IV therapy to help with energy, laser scar revision following surgery, skin resurfacing and rejuvenation using the latest laser technology, dermal fillers for fine lines and wrinkles, body contouring to address unwanted areas of fat with noninvasive treatment, and more. We are here for you in many ways, please never hesitate to reach out.
What else can survivorship look like? For some, it begins when you've finished treatment, and there are no signs of cancer left. For others, it begins with their diagnosis and continues through a long term treatment that helps manage their illness or helps reduce the risk of it returning. It is a different process, because how you physically and mentally respond is not the same for everyone, and that's ok. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to handle what you might be feeling and going through to provide some peace and guidance.
For some, continued medical care is needed. Medical checkups, tests, and other health care monitoring recommended and prescribed by your doctor and medical care team needs to be taken seriously and followed. This can range from emotional counseling to physical therapy and all forms of continued care are important to your healing and survivorship journey. These appointments can cause some anxiety and worry. Continued care after your cancer has been beaten into remission can still bring on the worry that it could come back. It can be hard to change care teams and doctors for this continued care when you're already so used to the one you've had this whole time. If you are feeling this way, feeling anxious, or feeling worried, it is important to talk about these concerns with your current care team, family members, and potential new care team. Putting continued care first and making it a priority in your life allows you to stay ahead of what could become. It can also help you remain productive and independent in your life and with your health. Just like chemo and radiation, continued care is focused on keeping you healthy and happy for as long as possible.
Health and wellness have been a part of your battle since your diagnosis, and taking care of your body might move to a whole new level through your survivorship. This might mean embarking on a whole new workout regime with your partner, a trainer, or on your own. This can help build your strength back up after treatment, increase your energy, and make you feel better overall. It can help manage stress and anger, too. Changing your eating habits, eating healthier, quitting smoking, and limiting your alcohol intake can also improve your daily and long term health. It can also continue to make you feel better. Making room and time for your emotional and mental health is very important too. Make sure you have a good support system in your caregivers and with medical professionals if and when it is needed.
As your journey changes, it also changes for your loved ones and caregivers. Survivorship means something different for them, and it evolves as it does for you. They are impacted daily from the moment you are diagnosed and beyond. As you go through and finish treatment, their roles as caregivers change from being involved in every step to being needed less and less. This adjustment can be a hard one for them, as they figure out how and how much they are needed in the next steps of your life.
As we've talked about in our last blog, your body may experience long term or permanent changes from treatment. These changes are had to adapt to and to live with. But, knowing what challenges you're facing, knowing how to face them, how to live with them, and how to treat them can empower you and ease your burden. Having the care you need physically, emotionally, and professionally is also very important in making this step successful. You may also be experiencing financial issues, changes in your career, and changes in your day to day living. Talking with your insurance companies, your financial planner, and a career counselor can help you manage these next steps as well. Your body might also take you down a different path than you expected. For younger patients now living with survivorship, infertility and early onset menopause could be something you're now facing. If you are wanting to conceive after treatment, discuss this with your doctor. There are new options that are now available to help with these struggles.
Your journey, your survivorship, and what you want to share about it with others to help comfort them through their journey is valid, worthy, and empowering. Join the movement and help educate others. Share the importance of early detection, share your story, and support when and where you can. A blog, meeting with support groups, becoming a mentor, and sharing what you've been through can make all the difference. It can empower those you meet and it can also empower you. The pen and paper are very mighty, as is the social media world.
It is common for the first year after your treatment has finished to be the hardest of all the years to follow. Take these tips to heart, and know we're here to help you through your whole survivorship journey. If you are interested in any of our services, please contact us at your earliest convenience and visit our website to request a consultation. We are here when you need us. Your survivorship is as unique as you are, and that is ok. We can embrace it together and give you the best quality of life as possible. Continue to fight, be proud of the journey you're on, and be well.