After a few weeks off treatment, most children have normal blood counts which reduced the potential complications from low platelets, low red blood cells, and low white counts. Immune system recovery is progressing, but may not yet be back to normal.
During active treatment, patients and families regularly see health care professionals and other parents at the hospital. The healthcare team offers reassurance that your child is doing well, and they are on hand to answer questions or discuss concerns. Other parents can be a comforting source of information. Yet, when treatment is done, you have less contact with these sources of support.
Parents sometimes find that even people who seemed to understand what they were going through during treatment are not available as they were. Teens may feel that many of their friends have abandoned them. It can be particularly hard at this time to find people who realize the pressures and fears that may accompany the post-treatment phase.
With a little explanation, friends and relatives can come to better understand your feelings. Some parents create a new support system with online parent groups, or keep in touch with other hospital families via e-mail.