Depression/Anxiety - heatherpet

Side Effects Associated with Oligodendroglioma. Posted on September 18, 2012 View this journey (7 Experiences)

This side effect isn't directly drug or treatment related/caused. I am struggling a little bit with how to be a survivor. After my initial diagnosis, I spent about two weeks thinking I was terminally ill. I was devastated - thinking I wouldn't be around to watch my son grow up (he was 6 when I was diagnosed) and that he'd be losing one of his parents. I didn't know how to tell my loved ones. Even though my diagnosis changed, that experience of facing a terminal diagnosis made a huge impact on me.

Now that I'm a survivor, I still have anxiety. Since my cancer is more likely to recur than not, I do worry about recurrence. While the whole experience helps me to appreciate life more (cliche but true), that thought of recurrence is always in the back of my mind.

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