I was chatting to a friend a few days ago, who is also supporting a parent on a Cancer journey. An interesting point came up in our chat, which I have been musing on. My Mam hasn't had Cancer since May 25th, when she had her op. Yet she is a Cancer patient, having Cancer treatment. She was never ill with the Cancer, because she caught it so early. Yet the treatment for the Cancer she no longer has causes side effects which can make her tired and ill. The Cancer has been the trigger, but it hasn't been the cause of any ill health, it is the treatment which has been the cause.
Cancer treatment is so aggressive, such hard work, and I know many people aren't as lucky as my Mam in that their Cancers are inoperable, or lumpectomys only get some of the tumour and not all of it. But I have found it hard to get my head around, that the treatment regieme is so awful even when the actual cause, the disease, is no longer present. I know it is all to give my Mam the best chance moving forward in her life, to cover any 'just in case' scenarios, and to ensure her future health. But what a price to pay.
I am looking forward to when all this is a distant memory, and my Mam is back to her normal self again, although after a journey like this I doubt any of us will ever be the same as we were.