First of all, my very best to Martha who has joined a club she never wanted to belong to. Being a BC survivor for 29 years (Metastatic Breast Cancer dx in 1996) I can relate to your situation. I think the original post is extremely well written and so very true.
The last thing anyone going through cancer needs is a "friend" who delights in telling all the details of other peoples cancer journeys. Unless you have been there, you really don't know what is involved. I believe in getting as much information from reliable sources, having an oncologist who is a down to earth person who cares, not someone who just dishes out the medical stuff. Maintaining a positive attitude and temporarily putting yourself first is pretty important. You are going through a totally new experience and it will take some time to get all of the twists and turns straightened out but you will get there. Take things a day at a time, remember you are not Super woman, in fact if she lives in your house, this is the time to kick her out. This is the voice of experience speaking. Back in 1987, I was determined that I could do all of this on my own and when it came back in 1996, my hubby informed me that there would not be a repeat of 1987. It was hard to accept the help but it was worth in in the long run. Be good to yourself and get as much rest as is possible.
Hugs and prayers coming your way, Martha.
I love the "I'm here and I love You", That is the best comment in response to a cancer diagnosis I have ever heard. I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, had a simple mastectomy and chemotherapy. I am currently taking arimidex. I still feel I live with cancer every day. I work on my self talk and go through "normal" life chores but cancer rarely leaves my thoughts. I am always reading and researching cancer information. I hope someday this lessens for me. Thank you Martha for sharing your feelings. Wishing you all the best!
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