• Do you constantly think about your Cancer?

    Asked by Modern on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Do you constantly think about your Cancer?

    I know it's a bit of a random question but just the thought I have cancer can be destracting it's gotten a lot better since I got used to the idea but I wanted to know about others experiences :)

    16 Answers from the Community

    16 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      If there is nothing I can do about it, there is no point in spending my time and attention on it. I have to many other things to do and thing about that I can actually do something about. So bottom line is, I think about my cancer when there is something I need to do about it. The rest of the time, I just have to many other things to think about and do.

      over 8 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I ry not to as much as possible; however, it always seems to be lurking in the background. I try and stay busy with work and other things I enjoy to keep my mind off te cancer. Howeve since I have recuring side effects from all of my treatments it seems to be there in the background. In the past when I have gone longer times without active cancer it fades away more, but never seems to completely go away.

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I think I did at first, especially through treatment. I now found myself focusing more on others battling this nasty disease. Maybe that helps me to not think of myself.

      over 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I am 6 1/2 years post Dx and 4+ years since last surgery....and its never far from my mind....I don't dwell on it, but since I come to these boards, you can say I think about cancer....don't loose sleep over it though.....I'm much older than you though.....I find strength in these boards and other volunteer work I do on behalf of breast cancer.

      over 8 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Honestly, no. It's a part of my life that I have come to accept (treatments, side effects, mortality, etc) but I try not to think about it. In other words, I try not to let it consume my life. Like nancyjac said, I think about it when there is something I need to do about it, the rest of the time, I'm just busy living. :)

      over 8 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I like what everyone says, but I, unfortunately, think about it way too much. I know part of it is recently getting the prognosis of 2-3 years, but I also have a lot of free time. When I'm busy,I don't think about it because I'm busy with the task at hand. So, I try to stay busy. Having this website is great and I check it several times a day, but that again brings it to the forefront. It helps to see that I'm not alone and know that there isn't anything wrong with thinking about it, it's just that our time, as is everyone's, is so valuable. It's a shame to spend so much time on something we can't do anything about. And you have so much in life to be spending time on! Focus on the positives in life and know that you are doing everything you can right now. Try to remember to live, too! Many hugs!

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      It is hard not to think about my cancer and impossible to TRY not to think about it. I've noticed that over time, the frequency of cancer thoughts receded as I became busy with other parts of my life. Now, unless I'm on this site or actually have an appointment, I think of cancer very rarely.

      over 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Some days, I fell that all I think about, but most days, I do what I have to do, and it just stays in the background.

      over 8 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      I have an implanted hepatic artery infusion pump, which I feel all the time, which makes me think about my cancer way more than I should. I take nine pills a day and eevery pill reminds me. The only time I sometimes forget about my cancer is when I am out hiking. While I may think about it too much, I do have a peace about it. So at least I am not anxious about it.

      over 8 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      I'm in remission so it's not an active presence. I probably think about it more when on this site--but as something I don't have to deal with now. I'll worry about it when I have to.

      over 8 years ago
    • Sunnydays' Avatar

      Right after diagnoses and during treatment I thought about it constantly. It was like a screen that I viewed the world through. But since my last surgery is now 5 months ago, I've moved on with my life and it is amazing to me (and still a little strange) when I can have a conversation with some about something other than cancer, or meet a new person and not even mention cancer. It helps that my hair has grown long enough that it looks like I might have chosen to have it this way. I definately find now I can go through most of the day without thinking about it, but then remember each time I take my pills or get dressed! But, I've learned to appreciate each day and remember, that what we accomplish and the friends we reach out to help each day - makes our life meaningful. I try not to focus on the future, but instead on today!

      over 8 years ago
    • Sugarshine's Avatar

      I think about it a lot in the past few weeks. It will be a year in December that I was diagnosed and this roller coaster ride started. The depression is worse, the uncertainty is nerve wracking. I hope that after the anniversary and holidays are past it will be better.

      over 8 years ago
    • indycoltsfan's Avatar

      yes.but i was just diagnosed a month ago so it is very fresh still.

      over 8 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      If you are on this site, you are thinking about your cancer and seeking advice and/or support.
      This is totally normal

      over 8 years ago
    • KarenIngalls' Avatar

      I do think about it a lot because I am blogging, writing, tweeting, and speaking about ovarian cancer all the time. I do not dwell on my own situation, but I am very in tune to my body and certainly I become more nervous when each appointment with the oncologist gets close.

      over 8 years ago
    • GregRx's Avatar

      It has been about 15 years since my last treatment and start of remission. Since then I have been blessed enough to go through college, get married, and have two children. I think about it when I relate to others in hardships, others undergoing chemotherapy or cancer treatment, and sometimes I think about it when I realize my long term risk of thyroid/leukemia and vascular/cardiology disorders down the road is a lot higher than the general population.

      But you know what? I can't do anything about those risks other than eating fairly healthy and keeping to a solid exercise program. Can't dwell on the past - have to move on with your life.

      almost 8 years ago

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