Self image

Living with Cancer


Self-image has some impact on people’s lives after they get cured of cancer treatment, which is evident for many people. It is mainly due to the change in their physical and emotional changes. You need to understand that it is common for every person and needs to be taken care of by consulting a required specialist.

Physical changes

While going through the cancer treatment, you can experience the changes in your physical appearance in your body. These changes include weight gain, hair loss, surgery scars, rashes due to drugs, loss of an organ, and some fatigue or loss of energy.     

As time passes, you can quickly get recovered from these physical changes but consult your health care team for any serious problem. You can ask suggestions and information about these symptoms for a better understanding.

Emotional changes

While going through cancer treatment, you can experience changes in your physical, emotional condition. This effect mainly depends on the seriousness of the illness and the recovery period. You need to make many decisions about your future with the chances of dying. The different types of emotional changes occur in this period are:

  • Fear and guilt.
  • Anger and frustration.
  • Sadness and anxiety.
  • Loneliness feeling.
  • Frustration.
  • A change in the way you look at things.

However, there are many cases where the positive changes in the lives of people have observed. For example, gratitude, peace, social awareness, a shift in priorities get observed as emotional, spiritual, and intellectual changes.

Getting along with self-image changes

After the cancer treatment, your body may experience some changes, and you need to cope up with all those changes to lead life peaceful. Following tips should need to follow for a happy life: 

  • You need to accept the changes that occurred after you have gone through the whole treatment. Because for each individual, it takes some time to adjust to the changes that happened. 
  • Socialize with the neighbors and involve in one-on-one conversations to get used to stressful situations. Seek support from others who have been in similar situations. Furthermore, try to build a network of supportive friends and family members. 
  • Do not hesitate to ask necessary help from surrounding people in need and skip off the random assignments of physical work to save energy. Always try to be relaxed and calm, which results in a positive change in the mind. Eventually, relax your mind and body. 
  • Always be free to update your worries and concerns to your health care team so that they help to take control of your processes because the health care team allows you to choose more flexible and reconstructive surgery methods. This step helps you to be free from stress and worries.  
  • Physical activities like exercise make you feel energetic. As a result, you can feel better during the treatment processes. Furthermore, try to involve in other social activities to help your mind to focus on something other than cancer. Attend counseling frequently to cope up with your unbalanced feelings and physical changes.