I have been reading the posts on moving on and just wanted to share my experience in case it may help
I am just coming up to 5 years dx and I was doing just fine apart until out of nowhere I just fell apart earlier in the year. I started to have panic attacks and found driving particularly difficult (after 25 years!) all the traffic was going too fast and I fretted about breaking down/stalling on the motorway (38 mile round trip to work).
To cut a long story short, I saw GP, and elected to have counselling which I found to be very helpful over the 6 sessions and discovered all to do with 'issues' over BC (another story for another day maybe!) but by accident signed up for a 'Living with Cancer' course run by McMillan. Talk about right place, right time!
It was a daunting prospect but I needed to do something to get back on track,so with much trepidation I turned up to the first session and have not looked back.
It was the best feeling to be with a diverse group of people who all understood how I felt, how scared/worried/panicy I feel so often, a group that accepted me, did not try to have an answer all the time. It was run by people that had cancer and as a group there was many different types including BC. We went on a 'journey learned coping stratagys, swopped hints and tips but most importantly bonded and we continue to meet as 'graduates' on a social basis but also keep in touch by phone/text etc.
I would highly recommend the course (I managed to work my hours round it thanks to great support there) but not sure how widely publisiced. it is I then found out that BCC does a similar course run by proffesionals so take a look.
I am just waiting for my yearly mammogram appointment and feel just as petrified as I did at year 1,2,3 & 4, I suspect that will never change, but I am prepared to put it to the test!!
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