I can relate to your post. I had never worried very much about bc as not a smoker or drinker, breastfed my kids, no family history, not overweight etc . Therefore a huge shock to be told I had breast cancer – wondered why I was the one to get it and not others who seemed to be so much less careful of their health. One thing that helps me is thinking – at least I may have slowed down the cancer with all the good things I have done – maybe If I was a heavy drinker for example, I would have had it sooner.
It’s easy to get the message from the newspaper stories that it’s somehow the patient’s fault if they get cancer for not looking after their health, but some of the risk factors are outside our control (like being tall or starting periods early and having a late menopause.)
It certainly is an emotional rollercoaster, but I reckon that having been careful with your health (eg not a heavy drinker) means you are wearing a safety belt and have a much better chance of reaching the end of the ride! Hope this makes sense to you.
Best wishes for your operation on the 19th. I hope all goes as well as possible.
KMB, smoking drinking etc increase your risk of developing cancers it does not mean it will happen. I got it and dont smoke and drink very rarely. I dont feel angry at people who do smoke or drink or even take drugs for not getting cancer when I did I just wonder why it happend to me. But again why not me I am no different to other people? So what I am saying is our lifestyles can have an impact on what happens to our bodies nd increase our risk of developing the disease but it is the genetic changes in cell structure which ultimately cause the mutations etc which cause cancer. Hope things start to look better for you; all I can say is it will and you will move on, get better and life the rest of your life acknowledging how wonderful life is and not take it for granted, something which I think we are all guilty of. Take care.
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Hi I have been Recently diagnosed with bc, have my post op appt on 13/08 , mapping on 18/08, and operation to have lump and lymph removed 19/8, 16 days and counting, feeling less tolerant of those people, especially members of family on my partner side, who drink... .,who don't care what they are doing to their bodies, they are alcoholics, but in Denial, I expect that this is the Anger coming out of my emotional roller coaster, it's so frustrating, when we have do not have a choice, they do...Grrrrrr!!!
Thanks for reading....Just needed to let out my Grrr's and frustrations xxx anyone else feel the same?