Congratulations. You beat the disease. You survived chemo, radiation, surgery, and more. Now you join the many who the world calls survivors. Your become more than Someone With a disease. You have fought it and won. Now you have to move forward. Here are some tips to help you.
Living as a survivor is a scary thing. Many survivors admit to fearing a return of the disease. This is normal. Fortunately, you can work to overcome this fear. This will happen when you learn to live in the moment and nurture your emotional health. Talk to your doctor about your emotional health. You may want to visit a counselor regularly. And you might benefit from a few low dose drugs that could help you emotionally.
Share Your Story
One of the best ways to increase your emotional health is to share your story. There is power in sharing. Tell your story in your own way. It can be very healing to talk about what you have been through. When you share your survival story, you reaffirm the truth of your survival to yourself. Over time, it will become more realistic. Soon you will start to believe it. This does not always happen over night, but it does happen when you open your mouth and share what you have experienced.
Additionally, try to be patient with yourself. A lot of changes have occurred since you were diagnosed. And much of these changes may be hard to get used to. Many people struggle with physical changes. Others experience environmental changes. Whatever change you are struggling with, try to be patient. Remember that no one is perfect. Adjustments happen over time.
Enjoy life as a survivor. Many people look up to you and admire you. Don’t be afraid to tell them your story.