Barbara Cunnings-Versaevel runs www.CancerHelpHub.com in Calgary, Canada. She is an amazing woman and an inspiration for many cancer patients. You can read more about her background here. This article is from Barbara’s blog:
Does the Fear of Recurrence Ever Go Away?
Working with those going through cancer, and speaking from my own personal experience, this is often a topic of conversation and contemplation. The answer to the question varies with each individual as cancer’s experience is unique to everyone.
In those first years after the initial cancer diagnosis – I’d say the first five years – which seems to be the benchmark for surviving cancer, it would be in my mind. Not daily, but there nonetheless. It would creep in when I had a twinge somewhere. I’d be thinking ‘has it come back?’