Make sure you take time to care for your own health. This is a good time to make appointments and follow-up with your own health care providers if you need to. It is common to worry about who would take care of you, if you were to become ill. Relatives of long-term survivors are sometimes concerned about the possibility that they are at increased risk for cancer, since some cancers are genetically linked. This can also be a concern for survivors. Speaking with an oncologist or a genetic counselor about whether genetic testing would be helpful or advised is a great way to be active.
Overall, it is important to take care of yourself and find ways to relax and take breaks. Consider making a list of relaxing activities you’d like to do for yourself, and take time to incorporate them into your schedule. Long-term survivorship is a journey for both the person who was once diagnosed with cancer and for you. It gets easier with practice, but most report that life after cancer is never completely the same as it was pre-cancer. On a positive note, survivors and loved ones report a variety of positive changes in their outlook and relationship which they attribute to the cancer experience.