When is a Cancer Survivor Well?

When is a Cancer Survivor Well?

The answer to the title of this article might seem fairly easily, “when the cancer goes into remission”. But as many cancer patients and their families know, this is not the case at all.

Cancer Doesn’t End with Treatment
After a survivor completes treatment, it’s time to rebuild, and not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Sometimes people on the outside might not realize this. It’s like the soldier that comes back from war, they bring a little piece of that war back home with them and deal with it in their own way.

Survivors and PTSD
Often time’s after treatment survivors have fear and anxiety, or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and it’s understandable. If a person survives a potentially life-threatening disease, then they may fear the disease returning, the inability to produce children, passing on their disease to their children, etc.

Symptoms of PTSD Include
– Sleeping problems
– Loss of interest in things a survivor was once interested in
– Memory problems
– Concentration problems
– Irritability
– Risky Behavior

Of course after treatment, experiencing some side effects, but going a substantial amount of time with these symptoms means that a survivor needs help.

One study showed that childhood survivors who survived cancer between the years of 1970 to 1986 when treatment was a bit more traumatic showed that these survivors were still even more prone to PTSD even later in their adult life.

You Don’t Have to Suffer!
If you are a survivor and you suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, please don’t suffer alone. There are therapies available to you that can help you feel alive again.

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