What is Strength?
Finding strength is moving forward even when we feel afraid, sad and unsure. Strength can come and go; it is not constant. You can be strong even when you don’t feel brave. Finding strength is being able to live with feeling scared or uncertain about what will happen next.
Finding strength is not forcing an upbeat viewpoint. It is accepting that the cancer experience is hard and that it can feel like too much to deal with at times.
Finding strength can also mean letting go of control and being open. Letting go of what you know and what feels safe can be hard. You may feel like you are facing an altered world, with new rules and a new language. You may also feel unsure of being able to cope and face the demands of cancer and cancer treatment.
For friends and family members, finding strength may be coping with the health care of a loved one while sometimes feeling sad and helpless.