For the past year I've been going through lymphoma treatment and I thought I had a handle on this cancer thing. With Melbourne moving towards opening up and "living with Covid" my anxiety has hit the roof. I'm vaccinated, but by all reports, for those on my treatment there's a good chance that vaccine just doesn't have any effect. Or every time I have treatment, it also lowers my immunity to covid. Does this mean I should just act like I'm not vaccinated at all ? As Melbourne opens up, should I just isolate myself ? How are people handling giving up so many things, to protect yourself ? Family gatherings, crowded restaurants, parties with friends, concerts, bars, movies, music events, food markets - this is all high risk events. I just can't imagine not doing these things for the next 14 months of my treatment. But with covid cases on the rise, and soon everywhere, what options are there ?
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I'm not sure I have an answer for you, other than, you're not alone. I've been having treatment for lymphoma, which thankfully is going well, but the emotional rollercoaster still hits me super hard sometimes. Keep reaching out to people, try to socialise as much as possible (however you can and on your terms)
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.