Life after a Colon Cancer Diagnosis

What is life like after a colon cancer diagnosis?

colon cancer diagnosisYou’ve been diagnosed with colon cancer, so what comes next? It can be difficult to transition into being a patient. Make sure you’re prepared. You may not be able to do everything you’re used to for awhile. Author and survivor,Robin McGee discusses what life is like after a colon cancer diagnosis in this video.

To learn more about life after a colon cancer diagnosis watch “Newly Diagnosed Colon Cancer Patients: What to Do First?” with Dr. Mark Kozloff.

Video Transcripts

Robin McGee: Another thing that can be quite challenging is moving your identity away from being a person who is active and involved in your life to suddenly you have to navigate from that identity to being a patient and being an ebullient. For many of us, certainly for me, I have never ever been sick before in my life. I had only taken my five sick days my whole working life before having to take off two years for expensive cancer treatments, so it is a road that you are probably very likely going to have to negotiate your responsibilities, either your work responsibilities, your household responsibilities, elder care, child care, but it is important to start those conversations now perhaps with the person that your workplace is most familiar with, with your leave and so on, so you can know your options early, know early what you can expect by way of health insurance, long term disability, all of those kinds of things that you may require later on.

Robin McGee
Dr. Robin McGee is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, mother, wife, educator and friend. Living in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, she has been a dedicated clinician in health and education settings for over 25 years. Since entering remission, she has been very active in patient advocacy, serving as the patient representative on several provincial and national initiatives aimed at improving standards of cancer care.‏ Her book "The Cancer Olympics" details her journey with colon cancer, her search for justice with the College of Physicians, and her advocacy for fair drug policy with her government.

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