How my relationship with my body changed after cancer

How my relationship with my body changed after cancer

Body image is something I have always struggled with, and being diagnosed with cancer made things worse. I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015. The treatment I went through to save my life left me with scars and insecurity about my body.

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Tips for loving your body after cancer

During my recovery, I’ve gone through many stages of love and hate with myself. A huge part of that struggle came with adjusting to my body and dealing with my wardrobe, weight gain and of course having had cancer, twice! I found ways to cope over the years and so, here are some of my tips for adjusting to a new body and a new life after cancer.

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Finding beauty in my scars

“At first I was embarrassed of my scars. I thought they were ugly. It also didn’t help that people wanted to see them. Their reactions were always similar: “Ouch! That must of hurt!” Yep, it sure did. I felt like a freak.”

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I am not who I once was, and that’s ok

When I was finished having a good cry over the loss of my athletic days, I realized that I had much more to offer the world than my ability to triple jump or play defense. Sure, I used to be sporty, but that was only a small part of my identity.

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