Everyone’s experience of cancer and how it affects their life can be different. Cancer can be life-changing, and many people feel that things will never be the same again when treatment is over.
You may not always stop feeling the physical or emotional effects of cancer just because you have finished treatment. You may be feeling a mixture of emotions including relief, fear, loneliness and anger. If your body has changed because of treatment, the way you feel about yourself may also be affected.
You may find these feelings come and go at different times. And some days they may feel stronger than others.
Many people find ways of coping with their emotions. You may find it easy to talk about how you feel and have people you can speak to. Some people often find that over time their feelings become easier to cope with. But it won’t be like this for everyone. It can take time for everything to go back to normal, and this may not happen as quickly as you expect.
In some cases, things won’t ever be the same as they were before. And if you had low moods or depression before you had cancer, you may find these problems are worse after treatment.
You may have more time to think and reflect on your illness and what you’ve been through. You may find feelings you weren’t aware of suddenly come to the surface. Some people find they’re still struggling to cope with their feelings weeks, months or even longer after their initial treatment has ended.
Talking about your feelings can help you understand and manage them. This isn’t always easy. We have some advice on putting your feelings into words.