Interviewing my oldest friend Duke now 6 years removed from treatment. Duke thought he had been able to push away the grueling treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. It all became real again when he shared his story with the Workout Through Cancer community.
It showed me that many of us living beyond cancer treatment need to be aware that a smell, a conversation, a picture can trigger responses. Everyday life can grab you bringing you back to that place you never want to revisit. I believe you should not ignore them, don’t run from them as they will keep chasing you, always coming back stronger and stronger. You need to stand up to the memories and embrace them, recognize you are here now,, you are alive, you are able to continue to be with those you love and who love you