Hi Rachael, I hope you’re feeling a bit better now. One of my friends had problems with anastrozole. One brand of anastrozole (not sure which one) made her very weepy and depressed, but apart from aches and pains she is fine with Teva brand. I have another friend who had problems with tamoxifen, it made her want to hit people. She is fine taking Letrozole.
Rachy, what methods are you currently trying, to be able to let go of this fear? And which ones have been the most useful?
Your gp sounds very good Rachy. He probably knows just what anxiety can do...I suspect GPs spend most of their time dealing with that xx
Lastly Rachy, reading your post about the medics......to be really honest...its a no gamer trying to work out why they think we are more - or. Less likely to get recurrence...and honestly, that wont help you, not at all.
Although.....i agree...I do think a chat with the oncologist will help.....I was prescribed my anti oestrogens by an Onc, so I did have opportunities to ask all those questions......
This is easier said than done.....but try and travel hopefully...not expecting a recurrence. Just being yourself and make a few plans to do stuff you have been meaning to do, please, please, dont waste precious days worrying about things which might never happen.
Well done Rachy xx
i think we all understand not only where you are coming from, but where you currently are.
the others have given you really good suggestions....try out one at a time......you may be surprised about just how much better you feel.
i dont mind sharing that there are times when I really enjoy getting to a private space inside my mind.
sounds strange, I know, but when I can get there, its a haven. I would like to do it more often - but the mind does need that control...it can act like a wasp in a jam jar......you will find a way xx
very best wishes,
Sorry you found your visit to the GP upsetting. He was obviously trying to empathise with you and reassure you that your reactions are normal but it came out wrong somehow! Oh dear, they try but I am amazed at how some medical professionals are talented at inadvertently upsetting patients. But Oncologists are really good to talk to in my experience. I have anxiety esp medical phobia. Not great when you have cancer! I have found counselling very helpful. I also recommend yoga and reflexology - neither of which I would ever have tried before the BC. Even a walk in the sunshine can be a tremendous mood lifter. Although I confess that on bad days I also buy shoes .... The anxiety will hopefully lessen for you over time as well. Take care xx
I was diagnosed on 28th June invasive ductal, no node involvement, grade 3 Her 2 positive. I had WLE, therapeutic mammoplasty, symmetry reduction and SNB on 6th July and then margin shave 8th August. I start chemo next week.
I'm feeling pretty good at the moment as think the mindfulness allows me, not to ignore my thoughts, but to acknowledge them, but put them to the side for a bit and that helps reduce the worry.
I hope you can access the mindfulness if you think it would be helpful.
I hope you don't mind me sharing my experience of mindfulness. I was struggling with some issues around how my diagnosis was initially communicated to me, which made me think it didn't sound that serious, but turned out to be grade 3 and Her 2 positive. I felt very angry about this for several weeks and this was making me more reactive emotionally than normal, including a small meltdown after a second surgery for a margin shave. However, I saw a mindfulness practitioner at Macmillan who I have just started to work with very recently. After, just a short time the mindfulness has made me feel much calmer and more able to deal with my thoughts and emotions. xx
Yes Ann...that is a very good idea. And I think Rachy might get some useful tips and help from them.
Rachy -you are not alone - most of us have had very frightening health issues to deal with, even tho we might sound very calm on here.
im afraid there IS no Quick Fix.....for anxiety. We have to Learn how to Manage it. Each of us may do this differently as we are all different.
I think I did suggest trying mindfulness......one way of doing that is by taking slow, long deep breaths...you can mentally count each in and out breath. Up to a count of ten...then begin again.
As you practice this, you will find that you are able to do it for longer periods. As your mind starts wandering away and panicking - start counting again. This really works...but you do need to take control over it.
i really hope this helps whilst things start to settle down for you
Best Wishes, Moijan💚💚💚