Do you worry about your cancer coming back?

Cosette
Cosette Member Posts: 637
If the answer is yes, you're not alone. Feeling anxious and frightened about breast cancer returning is very common for people who have had breast cancer. 

We've produced a video about how to cope with the fear of recurrence.

Check out the video here: https://www.bcna.org.au/understanding-breast-cancer/fear-of-cancer-recurrence/

And then come back and talk to us. What makes you afraid that your breast cancer may come back? How do you manage your anxieties? Are videos like these helpful?
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  • melclarity
    melclarity Member Posts: 3,502
    Thanks Cosette, that was really great to watch, and a story I think we can all identify with! xo
  • Annedipa
    Annedipa Member Posts: 73
    I was really anxious as i approached the 2 year mark due to what i perceived to be a family trait. Booked a holiday in the months prior so i had something else to think about. Ongoing swimming helps as does spending time with friends and family.
  • Pinkkittykat
    Pinkkittykat Member Posts: 37
    Thanks for putting this video out, I can identify with Kim, it's always lurking there the fear of it returning, likewise I am very anxious about my upcoming mammogram! 
  • Afraser
    Afraser Member Posts: 4,327
    Does anyone not worry about yearly tests? If so, what's your secret? I can be totally rational and almost relaxed year round, but get nervous and prone to weird pains, twinges and what have you 2 or 3 weeks before my annual tests. Given 5 years in October, all going well, I'll possibly start pinging in July!!
  • adean
    adean Member Posts: 1,036
    5 years for me in June still think about it often


  • primek
    primek Member Posts: 5,392
    It's made me realise the fear is for life. We just have to learn to live with it, another part of this survivorship I guess.  :'(
  • Brenda5
    Brenda5 Member Posts: 2,423
    Que sera sera whatever will be will be. The futures not ours to see. I beat it once so if it happens I have the strength to fight on.
  • KathnMad
    KathnMad Member Posts: 1
    Good videos, its good to know others have felt the same along the way. I am just at the 1 year mark from getting my mammogram recall, biopsy, and diagnosis, then comes the 1 year anniversary of surgery and treatment. All of which was faced as a project for me to  "get through".   But when I finished the treatment that's when the worrying started -  hopefully after the 1 year scan (in June) when everything is confirmed OK - i can start  to relax ...
  • LMK74
    LMK74 Member Posts: 795
    I'm already worried and I'm not even though chemo or surgery yet. I keep thinking what if it's in the other breast and it can't be seen on the scans. Guess it's just natural to feel this way.
  • KathSe
    KathSe Member Posts: 29
    I'm almost 12 months post tnbc and I live in fear everyday and I hate it! Right now I have an achy hip and back which has been there since taxol finished  in January and has got no worse and doesn't restrict me in any way and I have myself convinced in worse case scenario. I have osteo arthritis and I know I had pain before diagnosis in those areas but still I keep going to that dark place! Has to stop!