Cancer is the first suggestion when you google survivors guilt I was interviewed by a radio station back in 2014, and when I was asked how I felt about my cancer diagnosis, I said guilty. This was less about my diagnosis, and more about surviving. I suffer immensely with survivor's guilt. It's a very common … Continue reading Survivors guilt stopped me from seeking mental health care as a teenager, now it motivates me to get help.
This is a real quick and practical piece of advise for you guys; nail a spiel. Prepare and rehearse a short synopsis of your cancer treatment and outcome that you can reel off when someone asks about it. Why? To give a cohesive answer that does not trigger an emotional response. Just saying the word … Continue reading Write yourself a spiel!
I just wanted to put it out there that I fully acknowledge how privileged I am to have the issues I discuss on here. More children are now surviving cancer (and making it into remission) than ever, which has opened the window of opportunity to live a life like mine, and I'm eternally grateful. The … Continue reading Such wonderful problems to have
PTSD. post traumatic stress disorder. This is another diagnosis I have as a result of childhood cancer. It makes a lot of sense really, just from looking at the wording of it, as cancer treatment comes with unholy amounts of trauma and stress. A symptom / result of PTSD is having intrusive thoughts. Throughout my … Continue reading How I deal with intrusive thoughts about childhood cancer treatment
As a young adult living in childhood cancer remission, I often find myself lost in the 'in-between'. I find teen/young adult support does not suit my situation, as it is catered to a teen diagnosis (and I was 8 at point of diagnosis). I am obviously too old for child support groups, as I am … Continue reading Finding a tribe