No two stories of cancer are ever the same. Period.
So don’t look at any journey as ‘the norm’.
When you’re feeling wobbly it’s oh-so-easy to search for similarities in other realities but it really is such a waste of your precious time and energy. Step away from the internet.
Knowing about the experiences of others can help you become aware and prepare, but don’t be fooled into thinking that side effects, treatments and outcomes will play out in the same way. Sure they’ll be some correlations but just because Charlie’s chemo caused a rash don’t be rash and assume you will too.
Listen to your medical team, talk things through and get into self-preservation mode.. Establish a friend, family member or profesh person to reach out to if you start to get overwhelmed. Never undervalue the importance of your mental health.