Hello - new to this

MaryR Member Posts: 5
edited February 2018 in General discussion
hello. I’ve never posted online before . I was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 months ago. I’ve had radiation and was told I was most likely cured. Then I needed to have endocrine therapy but decided on ovary removal. I am wondering if it’s common to worry about recurrence more than survival. I’ve been told I have an excellent prognosis but find myself drifting into thinking about what yo do if the cancer returns and I’m finding that tough. Does anyone feel like that ? Thank you for reading this. I’m grateful for any advice.


  • lrb_03
    lrb_03 Member Posts: 1,269
    Hi @MaryR. What you're feeling is quite normal for many of us. If you feel that these feelings are getting out of control, then seek help. There are many avenues, your local Cancer Council will have a help line. BCNA also have number you can ring to get support. I still periodically see a cancer  counsellor that I was referred to during treatment, through my local community health service. Your GP could set you up with a mental health care plan, so you could have up to 10 medicare subsidised psychologist sessions. I'm sure someone else will chime in with cntact numbers and other suggestions.
    Take care, 
  • Afraser
    Afraser Member Posts: 4,390
    Hello and welcome. Just about everyone feels that way at some stage! It's the most normal thing in our circumstances. Not a particularly productive practice but we have all been there. Before cancer, it's something that Will Never Happen To Us. After diagnosis, we cross that line. We know that's not true and that wonderful bit of self protection is gone forever. So the nasty little thought runs through our head. Give it no house room, chuck it out. The worry has no positive outcomes at all. Be good if you could think cancer away, but you can't. All you will do is spend precious time worrying about something that may never happen. Time enough to do that if it does actually recur. But you have an excellent prognosis.  You have done everything to reduce the chances of recurrence. Now take a deep breath and move on. Best wishes.
  • MaryR
    MaryR Member Posts: 5
    Thanks Lynne. I really appreciate your response and suggestions. 
  • SoldierCrab
    SoldierCrab Member Posts: 3,449
    hi @MaryR it is very common to feel like that I have gotten myself and mental health plan and see a psychologist. 

    here is the numbers Lynne was talking about 

    BCNA Helpline 1800 500 258

    If you have any questions, concerns or require any further information
    or support please call 1800 500 258.  The Helpline is open Monday,
    Wednesday and Friday from 9 am till 5 pm EST and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am
    till 9 pm EST.

  • Mollygirl
    Mollygirl Member Posts: 213
    Hi @MaryR, it's not unusual at all. Being diagnosed not only effects you physically but mentally and emotionally as well - treatment also depletes your normal resolve and ability to deal with things. I highly recommend seeing a psychologist who specialises in cancer patients. And of course coming on this forum with your questions and and for support. All our stories are different as are our experiences and we are here for you! Biggest hugs. Bec xx
  • Brenda5
    Brenda5 Member Posts: 2,423
    I figure if it does return I will have plenty of time to worry about it then. Took me long enough to deal with what I had without worrying about what might be.