Thrive or Survive? The reality of life post cancer

Matt Davey
March 6, 2023

Cancer is life changing. And it impacts a LOT of people.

Surviving cancer is a major turning point, but adjusting to life 'post cancer' can be a bit of a challenge.

The post-cancer phase is full of mixed emotions, including anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. But, it’s also a time of reflection, hope, and renewal. We’ll look at ways to thrive, not just survive, following a cancer diagnosis.

1. Create a support system

Having a support system is crucial when it comes to post-cancer life. It’s essential to have people around you who understand what you’re going through and can help you navigate this next phase of life. This could include family, friends, support groups, or a professional therapist.

2. Take care of your physical health

Taking care of your physical health is just as important as your mental health. After cancer, it’s important to prioritise healthy eating, exercise, and self-care. This can help you regain strength, reduce fatigue, and improve overall well-being.

3. Practice mindfulness and gratitude

Mindfulness and gratitude practices can help you focus on the present moment and appreciate other aspects of your life. This can be as simple as taking some time each day to meditate, journal, or express gratitude for something you’re thankful for.

4. Set achievable goals

Setting achievable goals can help you move forward and regain a sense of control in your life. These goals may include anything from returning to the workplace or study, to planning a holiday, to starting a new hobby. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something that you’re passionate about and that you can realistically achieve.

5. Embrace a new perspective on life

Going through cancer can be a life-changing experience that can shift your perspective on what’s important. Take this opportunity to embrace a new perspective on life and focus on what is important to you. This may include spending more time with loved ones, pursuing a new career path, or even traveling the world.

Life after cancer can be both challenging and rewarding.

Finding support tools, identifying your own needs and staying socially connected can help you thrive, not just survive, after cancer.

Remember that it’s a journey, and it’s okay to take things one step at a time.

For additional support, you can reach out to any of the below resources

Cancer Australia 1800 624 973

Cancer Council (02) 8256 4100 or

Lifeline Australia 13 11 14

Thanks for reading!

Be Well,

Matt | Co-Founder, Mend