Once your treatment is over you may feel ready to throw yourself back into your daily routine. But as someone with a history of breast cancer, you’ll also have concerns all your own. You’re not the same person you once were; you’ve changed. You may have a new appreciation for life, a renewed zeal for your passions or a surprising ability to not sweat the small stuff.
If you’ve recently completed treatment, you may feel anxious, afraid of the cancer coming back or have a hard time resuming your normal activities. For months or even years after treatment, you may have lingering side effects. And no matter when your treatment ended, you’ll need to have regular follow-up visits with your health care provider for the rest of your life.
Learning to manage the worry in your daily life and continuing to be your own health advocate by being proactive are important ways you can take control of your survivorship. Remember, you are not alone. If you should have a recurrence it is also important to know that there is support available through Susan G. Komen, as well as other organizations that are available in your community.
HONORING THE EXPERIENCE
As someone touched by breast cancer, one way to honor your experience or to honor someone you care about is to GET INVOLVED in supporting the fight against breast cancer. Many survivors say that using their experiences to assist others instills a great sense of purpose and personal satisfaction.
Maybe you want to be a part of the Race for the Cure® or other Komen Maryland events as a team captain or volunteer, or maybe educating others as a mentor to others or a breast health ambassador in your community is something of interest. However you choose to get involved, just know that everything you do makes a difference!