Guide to Healthy Living: Emotional Health
“At 34, I had to have a radical hysterectomy to treat my uterine cancer. I’ve never felt more alone or lost in my life,” says Xenia. “But, through counseling and just reaching out to different young adult organizations, I was able to create a new normal.” Watch her video.
Cancer’s impact is far-reaching and extends beyond physical health. Even after treatment, cancer survivors still need time to recover, improve their mental health, and process their emotions.
Finding your “new normal” as a cancer survivor is a journey. That’s where this guide comes in. You’ll find expert information, practical tips, and trusted resources that will help you and your care partners come up with a plan that feels right for where you are today.
Our guide can help you—
- Understand common emotions survivors feel after treatment.
- Identify experts and support groups to help you process your feelings.
- Recognize your needs and feel more comfortable talking to your loved ones about them.
- Learn ways to care for your own emotional health as a cancer survivor or as a caregiver.
- Find organizations that provide information, support, and resources.
What You’re Feeling Is Normal
You probably have many emotions right now—like relief, gratitude, and excitement. But you may also be feeling isolated, anxious, and sad. After all, you’ve been through a lot.
But the end of treatment can also be a beginning. You and the people who care for you can work together to figure out what the next chapter of your life will look like.