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Breast Cancer Recurrence

A Wake-up Call To Life And To Meaning

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For some people, recurrence is a wake-up call. For some people, a recurrence becomes a trigger to look for meaning in their lives.

Wake-up call

What a wake-up call means is different for each of us. For example, it could be:

  • Enjoying the little things in life.
  • Traveling somewhere you always wanted to go.
  • Spending more time with loved ones.
  • Looking for a sense of peace.

It may be hard at first, but you can find joy in your life. One way is to take note of what makes you smile and activities you do each day that you enjoy. The activities can be as simple as drinking your morning coffee, sitting with a pet, or talking to a friend. It could be playing gold or some other sport that you love. Small, day-to-day activities can give comfort and pleasure.


Many people with recurrent cancer find the search for meaning important. Meaning is individual, and depends on how we approach it. For example:

  • Try to understand their purpose in life by reflecting on what they have gone through.
  • Look for a bond with other people.
  • Seek to forgive themselves or others for past actions. 
  • Look for answers and strength through religion or spirituality.

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