I recently polled my peeps, asking what they wish someone had told them about life after cancer.
Holy cow! Their answers covered every aspect of life as a survivor. Here’s a sample:
“I wish I’d known how tired I’d be for years afterward.” (No reason you shouldn’t have been warned about that one. It’s cancer’s most common side effect.)
“Not all advice is good advice- some just doesn’t apply to you.” (Yet everyone offers their advice as if they’re the only authority.)
“There will be people around you who can’t seem to help dwelling on the negative.” (including – unfortunately – many medical professionals.)
“That I’m a person, not just a patient.” (Amen!)
It’s not as if anyone could have anticipated everything that would happen to you. As with many of life’s major experiences, your journey through and beyond cancer is unique. But there’s so much we wellness professionals can do to ease your way.
• We can expect that you’ll be tired after treatment, and proactively help you get your energy back so you can get on with your life.
• We can reduce your overwhelm by helping you create a lifelong wellness plan that’s likely to work for YOU.
• We can help you stay calm and optimistic by considering whether statistics and stories about other people with cancer are going to be helpful to you, and helping you deal with people who don’t understand how their words affect you.
• We can help you stay in control by seeing you first and foremost as a whole person, who happens to have had (or be having) a cancer experience.
My mission is to help you with these, and anything else that keeps you from getting up in the morning and saying “I love my life!”
If you’re still struggling to find your energy, ride the ups and downs of life after cancer or just feel like yourself again, let’s talk. We’ll laser in on what you’re struggling with, where you’d love to be and how to get you there. Because there’s no reason you shouldn’t live with confidence, peace of mind, and outrageous joy.
To those of you who responded to my survey, thank you. You’re helping me serve you better, and for that I’m truly grateful.
If you didn’t have a chance to weigh in on the survey, post your comments below. I’d love to hear what you have to say.
A big virtual hug from me to you!