Fear of Recurrence

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One of the major issues cancer survivors mentally struggle with is fear of recurrence.

“For many cancer survivors, fears of recurrence can result in persistent anxiety and difficulties in planning for the future.” Hewitt, M., Greenfield S., and Stovall, E. (2006). From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor Lost in Transition. Washington, DC: The National Academic Press. p. 69.


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I have definitely experienced this. I remember one night feeling despondent, worrying about if “it” was going to come back. I cried, prayed and finally a mental image of a stop sign came to mind. I literally told myself to stop. Now if the haunting thoughts of “what if” pop into my head, I tell myself STOP! No! I visualize the stop sign, a reminder. I don’t let myself tumble down the road of paralyzing fear. Besides fear, one thing being a cancer patient brings is mental toughness. Worry doesn’t help. I give it to God.


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