Being diagnosed with cancer is very scary. Having it return is a fear on a totally different level. On the other hand, many people cope with a recurrence differently than the first time around. There is some familiarity with the health care system, and you have a relationship with an oncologist and their team when you have cancer recur.
Some of the changes documented in people who have had a cancer diagnosis are a greater appreciation of life, greater confidence in themselves, more caring and compassion for others, and more focus on life’s priorities. This week we are talking with Denice who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, buried her mother who died from metastatic breast cancer in 2015, and then had a local recurrence of her breast cancer in 2020.