“Lost in Transition After Cancer,” Suleika Jaouad, The New York Times Well Blog.

Suleika Jaouad writes about the challenges faced by young adults, health, and her experiences with cancer. View the “Life, Interrupted” video series and read previous “Life, Interrupted” columns to learn more about Ms. Jaouad’s experiences.

It is hard not to speak in clichés about cancer. It can be even harder not to feel as if I have to live up to those clichés. I sometimes feel a deep sense of guilt for not doing a better job of making lemonade out of metaphorical lemons. I know that I am one of the lucky ones, and I am deeply thankful to be alive. In writing about the problems I am facing now, I worry about sounding ungrateful — or worse yet, insensitive to my friends in the cancer community who may never go into remission.

These fears color the unexpected challenges that emerge during life after cancer, and can overwhelm the need to talk about them. After all, I’m supposed to be better. So why don’t I feel better?

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