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Lizzie
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Re: Bad day

Hi Meri,
Just wondered how you are finding the tamoxifen. I am nearly two weeks post lumpectomy and snb - results on Thursday. I have been told the likelihood will be radiotherapy and hormone treatment - not sure what yet. I am 50 and I would say definitely Peri-menopause, not sure what they put you on at that stage.
Roll on Thursday.
You sound very positive and like you are dealing with it all very well.
Meri
Member

Re: Bad day

I am going to every support group and complimtry therapy offered at McMillan centres locally and in central London.

 

Meeting other people at various stages of this journey helps so much.

 

I am nine weeks into this marathon , had lumpectomy and lymph node removal, started Tamoxifen last week, radiotherapy in two weeks.

 

Its hard work and we so need to have no expectations, not allow others to dismiss our worries, do what we feel is best for us.

 

I am sticking cards recieved in my journal, positive things as well as my feelings, pictires too.

 

So its enjoyable.

 

And I got all my friends and family to gift me a crystal bead which I have made into a healing necklace, as well as some wind chimes type hangings.

 

I feel like I am being held by all the livovely crystals gifted with love.

 

I am also starting a new crochet project, I love doing crochet, usually for others, but this will be for me.

 

Be kind to yourself, find ways you like, anything that supports you, we in this together, not alone. 🙂

Lizzie
Member

Re: Bad day

I'm going to do this too - thank you. Annie's I hope you are feeling better today xo
Charys
Community Champion

Re: Bad day

Melia that sounds amazing! Wow, what a difference it has made for you!

Melia
Member

Re: Bad day

*bad thought
Melia
Member

Re: Bad day

Hi I k me that feeling well now and have been like it for 3 and a half weeks. Today I went to my local support group who offers free therapies and I decided on reiki I can't recommend this enough. Might not work for all but certainly did for me. I am not at all spiritual and was very sceptical about it. I went in so stressed and ready to burst into tears. I asked for a massage to get rid of my tension in my shoulders and she recommended this instead. I have not felt so relaxed for weeks. My mind went totally clear and I didn't have one and thought. I still feel relaxed now and this is usually my worst time to be stressed. And for the first time since diagnosis I actually feel positive and thinking come Wednesday they are going to tell me the best news they can. This morning I wasn't thinking this way so it's very strange! Hope i can remain in this frame of mind. Honestly try it if your able too I'll definitely be having more. Hope your feeling better soon x
lizred
Member

Re: Bad day

I was diagnosed last May which happened to coincide with some nice sunny weather so I went for a lot of walks (not big long yomping over hills and stuff, just down to the local water park) while trying to do what Charys said - look at the trees, listen to the birds, notice the warmth of the sun etc - helps to bring your mind to the present moment but I found I was too twitchy to sit still and do that so helped to be moving. Also found it helped to focus on things like crosswords or sudoku puzzles for 10 mins so I was thinking about something other than all the crappy stuff going on.

Its also about accepting that all those feelings you are having are normal and natural and you don't have to put on a brave face and be positive all the time - this place is particularly good for being able to vent or have a moan and everyone will understand xx

queenbee
Member

Re: Bad day

Sorry your going through this. I'm in my nearly 4th week and still get days like this. I'm writing a journal just so that I can keep account of the journey! It is helping. My first week was awful i was so emotionally drained that if I wasn't laughing I was crying. It's such a roller coaster of a journey im actually struggling to think how i have kept it all together properly and still been able to function as a mum!! We are all here for each other x x
AnnieA
Member

Re: Bad day

Hi Meri, writing a journal did cross my mind this morning actually I think that's a good idea.
Thanx for the response x
Meri
Member

Re: Bad day

I try a relaxing activity, like crochet, colouring book, meditation, visit to a park, call a friend.

 

I have started a journal, writing down my feelings gets them out.

 

It helps for a while 🙂

Charys
Community Champion

Re: Bad day

My tip is to go outside, sit in the fresh air, close your eyes and really listen, listen hard and identify everything that you can hear. Ask yourself questions of those sounds.....what bird is making that noise? What tree is the wind rustling in to make that noise? Can you hear bees, flies, cars, children, your own breathing? Really focus in, with your eyes closed, on sounds around you. This is a form of distraction, but also brings you back into the present...almost like a form of mindfullness/meditation. Don't do it for too long, as long as you find you can keep yourself engaged with it....5 minutes or so.

blueash
Community Champion

Re: Bad day

I could kill those who say " think positive" in a chirpy voice!

 

Seriously if you want to reduce your anxiety you should do a few minutes of conscious breathing.

 

Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable and start by taking a note of a comfortable inhalation. That is become aware of your in breath and how long it takes. Watch it for a few times and then establish a count for it say for argument's sake it takes 4 seconds. Stay with that 4 second (or whatever you own comfortable count happens to be) and then make your out breath one or two seconds longer.

 

Do that for a few minutes a couple of times a day and it slows down you brain activity and thereby lowers your anxiety.

 

People do that when then smoke and say they feel calmer because of the cigarette but really it is just as likely to be that they have concentrated on their breathing for as long as it takes to smoke that cigarette.

ann-m
Community Champion

Re: Bad day

Hi annie,
The early days of diagnosis are a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, we've all had feelings like this, especially at 3 in the morning.
It does settle down as things are clarified, so it can help to recognise that good & bad days are part of the process at this stage.
The most important thing is, that now it has been diagnosed, the little sod can now be dealt with.
do take care
ann x
AnnieA
Member

Bad day

Hi all, I've woken up this morning with a bad day feeling :'( I feel sick to the pit of my stomach and a little light headed. I'm sure it's caused by anxiety and worry. Any tips on how to shake it off other than trying to override with possitive thoughts.
Annie x