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Your Emotions and Relationships

Cancer may affect how you relate to yourself and others. Learn how to nurture these connections.

  • Dating When You Have Cancer

    Dating When You Have Cancer

    It’s normal to feel discouraged about dating after a cancer diagnosis, but having the chance to socialize might be a chance to do something “normal.” Dating can help you develop social and emotional skills, independence, and a sense of what it means to be treated with respect.

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  • Emotional Health

    Emotional Health

    It’s normal and healthy to have an emotional reaction to your cancer diagnosis. You may go through denial, frustration, sadness, anger, fear, hope, distress, guilt or something else. Everyone reacts differently.

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  • Cancer May Impact Your Friendships

    Cancer May Impact Your Friendships

    It’s not unusual to experience changes in your friendships when you are going through cancer treatment. Friends can be a source of support.

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  • Online Support Resources

    Online Support Resources

    Online support resources can provide a space to connect with other people around your age who are going through a similar journey. Since they are on online you can access these resources from wherever you are as long as you have internet access.

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  • Journaling


    Writing down your thoughts and feelings – whether on paper, computer, or other device – may help you deal with them. Journaling can be a way to express your thoughts and help you put them into perspective.

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  • LGBTQ+ Youth and Serious Illness

    LGBTQ+ Youth and Serious Illness

    Determining one’s sexual orientation or gender identity can be more complex during pediatric serious illnesses like cancer. Learn about issues affecting LGBTQ+ youth who are facing illness.

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  • Surviving Survivor Guilt

    Surviving Survivor Guilt

    Survivor guilt is when you feel guilty after surviving an event that others did not. Not all childhood cancer survivors will experience this feeling, but it’s not uncommon.

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