Cancer makes one's life uncertain.....as far as I can tell, forever. There is never-ending anxiety about when it will return, and where. Sometimes the worries abate but they always return. Maybe someone who is not well-educated or does not read much can blithely go on without thinking about the realities of cancer.....or they do not want to know.
Ongoing physical problems or bad thoughts often bewilder patients who have no evidence of disease (NED) ----and they often do not talk about these things because they may seem or look "good" to the outside world. Imagine penting all that up! Very few people know about the ongoing struggle of the cancer patient who is seemingly "cured". Often these people develop PTSD or other mental health problems. Physical effects of treatment may never go away completely. Medication can help but it is a hit-or-miss situation. Many people who have had cancer are just tired...tired of the endless doctor visits, blood tests, scans, self-monitoring, and worrying.
Anyway, this post was brought on by an article that just appeared in a journal named CANCER. Cancer Survivors May Struggle for Years With Mental, Physical Problems It hit a nerve with me and said things I had never verbalized.
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