Getting on with life after treatment

Foreword

This guide identifies a very broad array of possible after-treatment stressors. However, it's important to realise that the after-treatment experience is different for everyone. After treatment you might experience a number of concerns or none at all.

Prevention is always better than cure. This guide provides many ideas to cope with possible hurdles to getting on with life after treatment. Relaxation techniques and exercise are good examples.

Emotional problems after your treatments such as stress, anxiety and self-doubt are common. This guide will give you some ways to cope and help you regain your sense of order and normality.

If you have emerged from your cancer ordeal feeling changed in some way, it may also be helpful to know that those who went before you managed to get through the challenges, with time. As is often the case, time can be a great healer.

However, a journey to a new sense of order can be exciting and ultimately rewarding too. Many people seem to find the outcomes of such a journey positive. Choosing to be proactive after treatment can both enrich the journey and smooth the way.

A cancer experience often provides people with a greater appreciation of the value of life. It can increase resilience and heighten self-awareness, fulfilment and joy. This can improve overall quality of life for both you and the people in your life.

Life is about choice more than chance and today there is more support to help guide you with the choices you make than ever before. The Cancer Society of New Zealand provides a range of support measures and programmes to help you and your whānau with your recovery and welcome your contact at any time.

I wish you the very best in your journey ahead.

Phil Kerslake

Author of the book Life, Happiness and Cancer