Navigating the journey between who you were and who you are after surviving cancer treatment.
Those of us who have been through cancer know that surviving isn’t where the journey ends—it’s where it begins.
When we are first diagnosed we have no choice but to do whatever we have to not to die. Everything we are just stops, and our focus becomes cancer and only cancer. And then, if we are one of the lucky ones, we survive the treatment and it’s time to move on. For some this transition is an easy one. They manage to slip back into their old lives with ease and put the whole experience of cancer behind them. Others are so overjoyed that they beat the cancer that they move on with a spring in their step, excited for everything that lies ahead.
And then there are the rest of us. The ones that struggle to move on from the treatment and the trauma of cancer, the ones who feel like we’ve been left in limbo; stuck in a no mans land between who we used to be and who we are now. We try to “go back to normal” but are unfamiliar with who we are and everything around us.
We are the Cancer Misfits; we are the survivors who feel broken, damaged or different as a consequence of what we went through.