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Screening recall - head in a spin

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Screening recall - head in a spin

Hello, very anxious had my routine 3 year screening on Friday last week. Got letter today asking me back on Tuesday next week. Saying need to do more tests before they can give me a result. Worried, worried sick! Any advice would be very much welcomed 💕 

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Hi Jaybro, 

Thank you for your words of encouragement. When I got the letter yesterday following my screening a week ago I was in total shock. And have been trying to get my head straight since. Was wondering whether to ring a breast cancer nurse, there is a number on my letter if I wish to speak to someone before my appointment. But wasn’t too sure if she could tell me anymore than the letter?

Which just says, need to do more tests before they can give me a result.

I’ve had a few weepy moments admittedly, but am now trying to put a lid on the box of the negative feelings, they’re like waves of distress. And look to the positive and keep hope that all will be fine.

Tuesday morning will be here soon enough. So I guess I will know more then. 
It was a shock as from my perspective I can see or feel anything concerning. But I guess that is why we have the screening programme. 

Hope all goes well for you on Thursday, sending positive vibes 💕

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Hi Ruby

I’ve got my 2nd year mammogram on Thursday so my stomach lurched when I read your post. However, my horror is the actual mammogram (the brutality horrifies me). There may be other explanations for your recall - they may have just missed an essential area, there might have been some movement that blurred an area, there may be something that turns out to be nothing (as happened to my mother, areas of calcification). They also don’t seem to be in a rush.

Your week can be ruined by speculating and assuming it must be cancer or, like Bluecat, you can think logically and then pack away those fears in a neat little hospital box filed somewhere safe in your mind and wait and see. There are some excellent videos to plug into on YouTube to help you relax, even visualisations to help with unwanted thoughts. They might be worth exploring?

I do hope you get a positive outcome xx

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Good to hear from you, am hear any time you wa g to chat 💗xx

 

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Hi there Bluecat, and thank you for your kind words of wisdom.
It was a shock and a half when I got my letter. And I am trying to now focus on the good things around me. And as you say, find a way of managing the emotions and fears. I hope all goes well for you 💕, my appointment is Tuesday morning. So I have 4 days to get my breath, stop my head spinning, fight the fear and keep the positive thoughts winning. Not easy, but necessary I think.

Thank you again for your note, much, much appreciated xx

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Hi Rubytodd,

Thought I would stop by and just seen your post.  I think we are all in this same boat with worries about recalls and appointments 💗

I'm no expert on here as I am going through similar circumstances my self so I do completely understand.  

The only thing I guess I can advise you is to do something to take your mind off the recall and distract yourself from it.  Ive recently learned myself that fears are not facts, I myself did not want to waste time worrying about something that I do not know about.  So ive managed those emotions and they are parked in a box at the hospital at the moment! So its just trying to find a way of managing those fears and emotions until your appointment.  Ive been on walks, i work, plus a 10 year old to deal with and at night I treat myself to a nice glass of wine and watch bubble gum TV to take the edge off.  Its not everyone's cup of tea, but i hope it helps Xx