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When treatment is over, most people are eager for life to return to normal as quickly as possible. In fact, most families and friends expect that you and your usual routines will be right back to where they were before the cancer diagnosis. However, it usually takes a while for everyone to adjust to this change, and you and your children may be surprised by some of your reactions.

You may continue to feel some of the physical effects of treatment for a while. That might catch all family members off guard, causing some worry or stress. But you and your family's emotional responses might be even more unexpected. Both physical and emotional recovery takes some time, and it is helpful for everyone in the family to be aware of this process.