I know this question may not be so relevant for people in the midst of navigating through the challenges of illness. I was diagnosed in Feb 2021, finished treatment in May. The following 14 months or so were full of battles with fatigue, but general acceptance of illness with the intent of navigating as well as possible during recovery, and relatively good/stable mental health. The last 2-3 months I have finally seen significant change regarding physical abilities and stamina...cognitive… read more
Yes! I empathize with what you’re experiencing, though my timeline is much shorter. For me, I think that having cancer has sharpened and focused my perspective about what’s truly important in life. For many in my life, they just don’t get it and unless they go through something like this, they never will. They just live in their own little worlds and cannot see how life can change in an instant. Having material stuff is not important to me (hasn’t been for years) but that’s not the case for them. Keeping up with the Jones’s is their lifestyle. I could go on but you get the gist. I can’t relate to most anymore. Only folks who understand what life is like when “real life” hits, whether it’s cancer or addiction etc. I.e. we are not invincible and we are not here forever. Hope that helps?
It is very isolating! No question about that unfortunately 🥲 That’s why I’m on sites like this and looking to serve others and volunteer. I find that is the best way to beat my feelings of isolation (which I believe is just a microcosm of much of our society). Being immune compromised, as so many of us are, makes it that much harder in the Covid era. I feel like the next 4 months I’m essentially trapped. For now the fourth winter season right? But wearing a mask now people look at me like I’m from Mars or something! It’s really crazy.
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