You’ve finished active treatment. Congratulations! It's very real to face this part of your journey with mixed feelings. You are relieved, but still unsure about what the future holds and how to fully embrace your "new normal". Life has changed; your body and your emotional outlook is different now. Your transition into post-treatment should include a schedule for follow-up, medical guidelines, address recurrent treatment side effects, or limitations. It will be helpful if your medical care team provided this information in writing, perhaps in the form of a care plan.
Here are links to services and resources To Life! has assembled.
To Life! offers a number of support groups that meet monthly. All groups welcome survivors at any stage in their journey. Learn more about our Support Group Program.
Treatment options are constantly evolving. Throughout the year To Life! offers educational programs, tapping into local/regional resources and beyond. See what Educational Programs are coming up.
Many women are surprised to find post-treatment is when some of the most difficult feelings arise. There is finally time and space to feel what may have been pushed to the back as you focused on navigating your diagnosis and treatment. Well-meaning family, friends and colleagues celebrate that things are “back to normal.” They may not understand things can never be exactly as they were before. Life has changed. Your perspective has changed. You’ve been through something that has forever changed you. This includes many positives, but the cancer experience may also make you feel somewhat lonely or “different” from those around you who have not been through what you have. You may experience physical side effects you weren’t expecting, post-traumatic stress, feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and fear. The post-treatment period is sometimes where the real work of facing those feelings and working through them, begins.
Don’t hesitate to speak to your medical team about this, to reach out for counseling, and know that To Life! has your back. We are not licensed therapists, but we offer support groups, compassionate listening, supportive (non-clinical) counseling, and have a board certified coach on staff, with a background in wellness, mindfulness and cancer coaching if you are seeking support to bridge the time just after active treatment.
To Life! will continue to be here for you with our wide range of available services. Please contact us for any additional information.
Your treatment may include surgery, treatments, medications that will affect your physical appearance. Let the To Life! boutique and fitting services assist you. We provide a private atmosphere for fittings in both our Wig boutiques and our Mastectomy boutiques.
Support groups provide a safe place to share feelings and information that remains confidential. Group facilitators guide women through thoughtful discussion. Surround yourself with women who understand.
Educational Programs (need copy here)
Metastatic (need copy here)
Younger Women (need copy here)
Here are some additional resources about post-treatment:
- Breast Cancer: Follow-up Care and Monitoring, Cancer.net
- Follow-up Care after Cancer Treatment, Cancer.net
- Living with a History of Breast Cancer, Living Beyond Breast Cancer
- Post-Treatment Care, Young Survival Coalition
- Living after Cancer: What is a Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?, University of Rochester Medical Center