by Anne Katz PhD, RN
Cancer causes major changes in the lives of those directly (you) and indirectly (your family and friends) affected. Those changes can be positive or negative – or sometimes a bit of both. Positive changes for young adults include improved relationships (especially with mothers), becoming more mature and having clearly identified goals and plans, as well as great confidence in taking care of oneself. Negative changes include depression and anxiety, worry about finances and work, and feeling out of control with life.