When Jim found out his initial treatment stopped working, it was a difficult time for him. He had been placed on a treatment that really seemed to be working, but it stopped about 6 months later. Although his doctor had talked to him about the possibility of relapse, Jim was not fully prepared for it. When it happened, Jim 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, you aren’t alone in experiencing relapse.
My first relapse was difficult to deal with. It brought my family and me 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.