When Jim found out his treatment stopped working, three years after his diagnosis, it was a difficult time for him. He had recently gotten on a treatment that really seemed to be working, but it stopped working about six months later. Although his doctor had talked to him about the possibility of relapse, Jim was not fully prepared for it. When Jim’s relapse happened, he had a conversation with his doctor, who recommended his next course of treatment and warned him about its potential side effects and expected outcomes.
Relapse can be difficult to go through, particularly when it has happened multiple times, or more quickly than anticipated. But remember that you aren’t alone in experiencing relapse.
My first relapse was difficult to deal with. It brought me and my family a lot of stress and anxiety and we had a lot of questions. I had done everything the doctor told me, so I didn’t understand how the treatment just stopped working.”
Resources for your journey
This discussion guide is a resource that will help empower you with information or questions you may want to consider asking when you talk with your doctor about relapse.