You've done it. You made it through chemotherapy (chemo). You may feel like celebrating the end of your chemo journey. You may want to spend some time reflecting on what it all means.
Looking back, you can feel proud of your strength and courage. But this time can be overwhelming for some. Emotions you may have kept inside can come up now. These emotions may include sadness, anger, fear, worry, or loneliness. It's not always easy to move forward and enter what might feel like a new way of living.
But this can also be a time to see how far you've come.
You've faced the challenge boldly. Now it's time to look toward the future.
You Are Not Alone
There are almost 14 million people in the United States today who have survived cancer. And 3 out of every 4 American families have at least one family member with cancer.
What Will Your New "Normal" Be Like?
Your post-chemo normal may include some changes in the way you approach life. For starters, you may realize you need to give yourself time to rest, recover, and heal. You may also have to go easy as you adjust to getting back into the swing of things. One thing is for certain: You will notice many changes in yourself. The way you eat, exercise, and get support may change, and so may how you feel about yourself and others. This section of chemotherapy.com addresses these and other changes.
The Good News
Many people who have been through chemo report that they think about cancer less and less as time goes by. It becomes something they address only when they have their doctor visits, checkups, and tests. Many also report that they have a much sharper focus on healthy living and overall wellness.