I have cancer
No one understands the impact of being diagnosed with cancer as a teenager or young adult more than you. What we do know is that it messes with parts of your life that are important to you, and having help and advice with those things can make a massive difference. So here it is. Your go-to place for everything you might need, no matter how long you’ve been dealing with it.
Common cancer challenges
Get straight to what’s most important to you. Here are the most common issues that other young people experience.
“Cancer made me stronger”. Heard that before? It can be true in many ways. What people don’t always talk about is the blow that cancer and treatment can have on the way you feel about your body.
Everyone reacts differently to treatment, so it’s hard to say how you might feel. Some people might struggle with side effects, while others sail through. If you’re having problems, always ask the team looking after you for help. And try to remember that, although the side effects of cancer treatment can be tough, most of them are only short-term and will gradually disappear once your treatment is complete.
Just because treatment’s over, it doesn’t mean life suddenly ‘goes back to normal’. Finishing treatment is the time it can hit hardest emotionally. The routine, people and support you’d gotten used to suddenly falls away. You are left trying to make sense of what happened to you and trying to piece your life back together again. But some people just don’t seem to get it. Your treatment has finished so what’s the problem?
The friendships you make on treatment are irreplaceable. Going through cancer together at the same age can mean sharing a special bond and mutual understanding that other friends on the outside just don’t get. So if this friend gets a bad prognosis it can be shattering.
Need to talk about it?
We get that cancer reaches every corner of your life. It’s not just the medical stuff – it’s emotions, relationships, work, education and money too. No one understands that more than other young people who have been there. Join our Team Young Lives Facebook group to chat with others, get or give tips and advice, and take part in live Q&As with experts.Join our Team Young Lives Facebook group now
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