For many people, cancer is a wake-up call. Old ways of living may no longer be right for them. Relationships with family and friends become more precious and time more valuable.
Reaching Out to Other Cancer Survivors
Sharing your experience with others may help them with their own cancer journey. Even though your treatment is over, you may want to:
- Join an online colon cancer support group like the ACOR Colon Discussion List
- Participate in programs at the Wellness Community or Gilda’s Club
Becoming an Advocate
Survivors have a strong voice when they speak up for what needs to be done to prevent colorectal cancer and find a cure for it. Joining with other grassroots advocates in C3 or other advocacy organizations can give your cancer experience meaning and value.
Research advocates, many of whom are survivors, provide a voice for the needs of colorectal cancer patients where research projects are developed and carried out.
Reevaluating Your Priorities
Lance Armstrong writes,
My priorities have changed. My passion is becoming stronger for my job. I believe that I’ve learned we have to be happy, and in order to be happy you have to be honest and truthful. And I can’t get up every day and not be happy or not be straightforward. I think if your heart tells you something, you need to listen to it.