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Ten Things I've Learned: #1 The Long Road Back

Posted Dec 10 2009 5:45pm

I've learned a lot about cancer in the past year. One thing that it takes a long time to recover. Many times the "public" face that one puts out there has a very positive outlook. But in truth, there are setbacks. It just takes some time. I suppose it varies from person to person, but from our experiences I would say that the time it takes to rebound from cancer and the subsequent chemotherapy, surgeries, and radiation mirrors what it takes for the hair to come back. One thing that Tracy has benefited from was the "Time to Heal" class/help group that she was able to take part in. They say that the trauma of a cancer diagnosis can cause post traumatic stress issues and when you combine that with "chemo brain" and other known issues, it's truly a blessing to be able to be a part of such an effective program. Others don't have an opportunity to take part in such a program and I wonder how they do it. It must be tough.

I've also seen Tracy's spirits rise as she's been able to get back in the flow of her normal daily routine as a trainer at work as well as working out at the gym. And, I can't forget, shopping! Plus another factor is the hair coming back. As you can see from the picture, it's come back quite well. She even had her first hair cut the other day!
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