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Young Adults: Coping with Life After Cancer

By Kimarie Knowles, LCSW |

Cancer is disruptive at any point in one’s life, but especially so if the diagnosis comes in your 20s or 30s when you may be trying to create  an independent life, work towards school or career goals, and find a partner. Many young people look forward to starting a family, while others spend time with friends and enjoy not having such heavy responsibilities.  A diagnosis can be a serious disruption and leave you searching for ways to create the life you want.You hope that once treatment is over, you can go back to your “normal” life. Unfortunately, it is much more common to find that the end of treatment is actually a beginning as you navigate the physical, emotional and practical adjustments to life after cancer.