Woman meditating in field at sunset accepting grief of cancer healing process

[PODCAST] Grief and Healing: Mourning the Old You after Cancer

Viewing time | 55 mins 34 secs

"As cancer survivors, it's okay to grieve for yourself. I think that's really important for us to see." 

Every year, around 2600 15 to 24-year-olds are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. For 8 out of 10, the treatment is successful. But what happens afterwards? Does life go back to "normal", or does the journey carry on? 

Introducing AfterThoughts, the popular podcast created to spotlight some of the unheard stories from the young cancer community.

In this podcast episode, hosts Alice-May Purkiss and Toby Peach join Charlotte Crowl, a holistic wellness advisor, content creator, public speaker, and prolific author. When Charlotte was just 17 years old, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; a rare cancer that turned her life upside down. As she shares her story with us, she recalls: 

  • Why Christmas at the hospital was the best she's ever had
  • The side-effects of treatment and a very unwelcome roommate
  • Why grieving for "the old you" is part of the healing process 

Most of all, Charlotte emphasises how much she needed to grieve once the cancer was in remission. Nothing was as simple as thinking, "I'm cured!". Charlotte grieved for the ones she'd lost and for the version of herself she'd left behind. Along the way, she recognised grief as a healthy process and a way for her soul to heal. 

Now, Charlotte says she's "her own hero," who "finds the silver lining in every situation". 

NPS-IE-NP-00320 August 2021

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