You’re Not Alone

During cancer treatment and its aftermath, it’s common to feel a sense of diminished support from friends, family, and even from your medical team. Some of you may notice decreased attention from loved ones once treatment concludes.

It’s not unusual to experience a loss of friendships, a sense of drifting apart from those you care about or even losing contact with friends who may not know how to offer support.

Some people may struggle to comprehend the emotional toll of your experience, and you might find it challenging to express feelings of sadness and loss.
Additionally, many survivors grapple with feelings of not fitting in or finding peers who can relate to their journey, which can contribute to a sense of isolation.

It’s important to recognize that feelings of isolation and loneliness are common among cancer patients and survivors, and prioritizing your emotional well-being is as important as your physical health.

If you’re feeling lonely or isolated, seeking support is essential.
Here are some tips to help alleviate feelings of isolation:

  • Be open and honest about your feelings. Hiding your emotions from those close to you may prevent you from accessing the support you need.
  • Engage in activities you enjoy. Pursuing hobbies or interests that bring you joy not only lifts your spirits but also expands your social circle.
  • Seek professional help if needed. If feelings of loneliness and sadness become overwhelming, consider reaching out to a psychologist or social worker who can provide guidance and support.
  • Join a support group. Connecting with individuals with similar experiences can provide a sense of understanding and solidarity.

Don’t forget that you can always share your thoughts and feelings here, and we Belongers are always here to support you!

This content is provided for your general education and information only. It does not necessarily reflect Belong’s views and opinions. Belong does not endorse or support any specific product, service, or treatment.

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