Healthy Living

Living as a Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivor: The Importance of Follow-up Care

The journey continues

Remission will look different for every patient. While some may adopt a “yes-man” attitude and increase activity, others may choose to ease back into normal life and take it easy for a while. There’s no right or wrong way to feel post-treatment. The aftermath of the physical stress of cancer treatments combined with the risk of recurrence can lead to immense levels of distress and anxiety for NHL patients. It’s totally normal to feel a bit unlike yourself for a while.

Just as cancer itself is different for each patient, so too is life after treatment and in remission. If a friend or loved one is diagnosed with NHL, it’s extremely important to continue to support them during this time. And, for NHL patients, it’s always a good idea to talk to a counselor or a support group to assist your emotional healing. There’s resources available through the American Cancer Society to help you locate support groups in your location, and many online resources. You never have to face cancer alone, even when you’re in remission.

References

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