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Jeanette: I feel for you! I had very similar treatments--took most of one whole year to get through it and then I was "cancer-free"...I was also told that there would come a day when I wouldn't think about cancer every day--true!! Three years later, the cancer came back and now it's a priority in my life again! You need to find a "rest" with it, though so it doesn't consume you! Yes, God will help you more than anything because He cares for you and what happens to you. Tell Him your fears and worries and then try to leave them with Him! It helps a lot! Accept your life as it is and be happy and live well each day, thanking God for what He has done for you. NOBODY knows what their future is beyond this moment! NOBODY knows when or how they're going to die! God only asks us to live for Him and do our best while we have life.....praying for you!
Jeannette: As you may have guessed, there is no easy answer to your question for most of us. When I completed treatment 4.5 years ago, a friend told me that I would eventually think less often of cancer, and its return, as time passed. She was right. The 5-year survival for my group was approximately 39%. I appear to be disease-free. A few of my coping strategies were psychological therapy,quilting,(i.e., an engaging hobby), volunteer work, (i.e.,helping others is helpful to us), writing in a journal to express my wishes, fears, etc. without always burdening others, and exercise. Exercise allows me to focus all my attention on the muscle set being used. Walking the dog everyday maintains my cardio-vascular system,and gets me out chatting about the weather, etc. Being grateful for the good things in our lives is uplifting too. Nevertheless, cancer has a place in our lives. I know of no way to deny it. I trust you will find your path. Take care of yourself; be kind to yourself in word and deed. All good things in the New Year.
Jeannette, trust in God, he is the only one who knows what's in store for us. I often wonder if he gets tired of hearing my voice, asking him to help me through another day, No he doesn't. Remember "if he brings it to us, he will help us get through it".I am so thankful for each day and for all my blessings. God is a wonderful friend, and he know our future. Talk to him about the fear, and he will get you through it. All of you are in my daily prayers. May GOD BLESS each and every one of you.
Sheryl, I am struggling with believing that I am cancer free. I just went through a right breast mastectomy, 7 chemo treatments 33 radiation treatments and then a CT scan showed a nodule in my right lung. The biopsy said no evidence of cancer. I also have fluid around my lung but an xray today showed it was getting better. I just feel like cancer is lurking in my body and is waiting to attack me at anytime. How do I manage this fear? What can I do to accept that I am cancer free at this point and go on with a happy feeling inside instead of fear?
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