Article Talk: When Does the Fear End After Breast Cancer?
Started by If my pain wasn't constantly at a level 7. I am still getting nerve blocks and am in constant pain in my rib cage area. Don't think it has come back. Just wish the pain would go away. , September 24, 2016
Hang in there...these temporary "scares" are a part of the BC Journey. Take deep breaths and look at all you have that is not cancer in your life that is so wonderful. Think those thoughts when traumatic things are being done to your body. I was diagnosed in 1994, made it past that magic 5 they all tell us, skated until 2012...but that is 18 years of skating. I"m now back in this journey with temporary "scares" that occur more frequently, but when I'm on that table, or waiting for the news, I focus on the positive. I've been allowed to live 72 years, and they have been fantastic years! and of all of those "scares" only two of them were important! But despite my diagnosis I feel and look healthy. Another plus to focus on! I continue to surprise my oncologist because I refuse to succumb to the fear, worry, or diagnosis. Your friend on the Journey,
I think the recurrence fear is just one of my new companions for life. It will always be there. I'm just always learning how to deal with my new "friend". He is, after all, a mixed blessing. One, I'm alive to experience his/her companionship. Two, he/she keeps me following a healthy protocol (within limits). Three, I remember to appreciate the little things that can be quickly taken away.
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