Guide to Healthy Living: Emotional Health

Xenia’s Story

“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—

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.

Photo of a sad woman
There is no one “right” way to feel after cancer treatment. It’s normal to still feel angry, tense, or sad. These feelings can be managed.
Photo of two women talking in a support group
You may feel uncomfortable talking about your struggles. Every feeling you have is real and valid. It’s OK to reach out for help.
Photo of an adult son talking to his father
Talking to your family and friends may be challenging. It’s important to share how you’re feeling and accept help.
Photo of a home health aide bringing lunch to a cancer survivor at home
Caregiving is stressful. It’s important for you to look after your own needs.
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