Once your treatment ends, you may be surprised by the flood of emotions you go through. This happens to a lot of people.
You may find yourself thinking about death and dying. Or maybe you’re more aware of the effect the leukemia has on your family, friends, and career. You may take a new look at your relationships with those around you. Other issues may also cause concern. For instance, you might be stressed by the costs of your treatment. You might also see your health care team less often over time and have more time on your hands. These changes can make some people anxious.
This is a good time to look for emotional and social support. You need people you can turn to. Support can come in many forms: family, friends, cancer support groups, religious or spiritual groups, online support communities, or private counselors.
The cancer journey can feel very lonely. You don’t need to go it alone. Your friends and family may feel shut out if you decide not to include them. Let them in – and let in anyone else who you feel may help. If you aren’t sure who can help, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and we can put you in touch with a group or resource that may work for you.
Last Revised: 02/22/2016