Retirement and Cancer

After I retired I was diagnosed with cancer and the news was devastating but not terminal. I’ve been through chemo never stopped believing that I would get better but at times it seem like that was impossible.

I thought that I would ride off into the sunset and have a carefree healthy life but that was not to be immediately. I spent my days doing whatever it is I could while feeling like I was run over by a bus and had no energy but I refused to allow the feeling to consume me. I immerse myself in things that I could do in my home and when I felt OK I went outside and did what I could to remove myself from any feelings of depression and self-pity.

My cancer is in remission I still have a little ways to go but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

People that I thought were my friends went on with their lives completely ignoring me and of what I was going through but that’s OK. My wife, her family and my dog were my support through this entire ordeal and I have learned a lot about myself.

Attitude is one of the most important things that you have that will get you through the roughest times. Get yourself up become immersed in whatever it is that you want to do I realize this sounds a little depressing but it is not. I appreciate my newly found good health and I live every day to the fullest.

The old saying that in every cloud there is a silver lining; this is a testament to that proverb.

One thing that I never forget is that there are other people suffering in this world that may not have the same chances that I had Caveat Emptor!

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by: Canadian Retiree

I applaud you for your courage to keep going through your cancer journey. My story is similar except I was still working when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had also just lost my mom a couple of months earlier and was devastated. I had surgery and 16 rounds of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation.

Luckily for me my husband and family were very supportive- friends at work too. When the treatments ended I felt exhausted. I lost my confidence about returning to work and so decided to retire.

I was only a year or so away from 65 and had planned to go then. Anyway retirement really did a number on my psyche and I had a breakdown. I’m doing better now a year later but still have moments of regret and doubt. I miss my job and work friends and will always wonder why I couldn’t get myself motivated for a work return following my treatments. I know others have returned to work. I’m over the worst of it but have to keep myself in check so I don’t slide into depression again.

Thanks for sharing

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