Hi after reading all your posts, that I can totally relate to, I find the biggest question that popped out for me was "why?" Why do we beat ourselves up over not being all bouncy and happy now that we've had treatment and there's no evidence of cancer? Why are we supposed to be back to normal? Well I'm sorry, but I am not back to normal, by a noncancer persons definition. I am not the person I was before cancer, and I never will be again. I am not particularly grumpy about it, just realistic. I think in answering why, we should look to the care we have received. I say there is a complete lack of compassion for our emotional states by our surgeons and bcns etc, moving forward after treatment. They do not know how to treat us when there is nothing to cut or inject. We should all be opted in automatically to Maggies centres and moving forward courses, as opposed to feeling self-doubt. Okay, some people may cope really well and just get on with life and won't need the service, but from the people I know with bc, and from reading these forums, a lot of us don't. All I'm saying is that we should have more emotional support as part of treatment, and that having to ask for it is part of the problem, because it adds to the feeling that there is something wrong with us when we do need it. I have never heard of a Maggies centre, or a moving forward course, my bcn's have never mentioned it. How did you hear about this? I was referred to the mental health team by my GP! wth?
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