• Did anyone believe they DIDNT have cancer before they were told they did?

    Asked by Dani on Friday, August 24, 2012

    Did anyone believe they DIDNT have cancer before they were told they did?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I can't say I didn't believe I had it, because I didn't know, I had no idea what I had. that was in the first two diagnoses. The last one, I knew before I was told, just from experience, I knew what the swelled up lymph node meant.

      about 8 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      Half the time I felt I did NOT have cancer, the other half I worried about what I did have if not cancer. Yes, I was afraid I would jinx myself if I believed incorrectly etc..Yes, my mind played cruel little tricks and occasionally played back visions of the worst scenarios. Yes, I would forget sometimes that I might have cancer then come crashing down the moment I remembered. :)

      You are not going to jinx yourself, a positive or negative outlook will not change the outcome of your tests. Find (as best you can) a happy place and try to spend as much time as possible there. Once you have all your results in and a treatment plan is in place, then a positive outlook will play a more critical role. Right now, being positive might help with your anxiety somewhat but it will not play into the determination of your illness.

      Life's a rodeo...sometimes you get the perfect ride, sometimes you get thrown off, a lot of times you feel like you're running around in size 20 shoes with a red ball on your nose, flapping your arms like a lunatic while the bull chases you across the arena! :) Either way...you keep going =p


      about 8 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      Hi Dani,
      I had absolutely no idea at all that I had cancer at all. I had felt fine and was getting my yearly physical when they saw i had elevated liver functions. Went back to investigate it further but the "C" word was never mentioned until after my sonogram, then CT scan they did when I went back. That day I found out I had Stage IV colon cancer... It's yet another example of feeling fine while something big was brewing inside me...

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Yes of course. I would guess that is the case for most people since fortunately most cancers are now able to be diagnosed prior to any overt symptoms.

      about 8 years ago
    • erie94's Avatar

      The disbelief happened after I was told I had a large tumor in my chest. But, I actually felt some relief to just KNOW. To know why...why my face was swelling, why I could no longer run more than 1 mile without shortness of breath, why I was constantly dizzy. Just Knowing was a relief, then came the hard part. The treatment, which as they say, "this too shall pass"!! Hang in there little one!!

      about 8 years ago
    • Devon's Avatar

      I was never sick, never had pain, and no symptoms of any kind. The only reason my cancer was caught was because went in for my yearly well woman exam and my pap came back abnormal.

      about 8 years ago

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