• First 3 month Check-up ......How did you feel?

    Asked by Dexter65 on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    First 3 month Check-up ......How did you feel?

    I have my first 3 month check up next week. I am on the roller coaster ride of emotions. I was very lucky that my cancer was contained and I did not have to have any additional treatment, but I can't help thinking and wondering if the cancer will shows itself again (it is always in the back of my mind).

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    • Harry's Avatar

      I was anxious before the first 3 month check-up. The check-up went very well. That was over a year ago and things are still going well.

      almost 5 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I had this same issue at at my 2 month check up, again at 4, also at 6, definitely at 8, still worried at 12 and I'll have to let you know about the next one but I'm planning to worry then as well..lol

      I think it's normal to have these feelings at your check ups.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Well, even if the cancer does show itself again, it won't be at your check-up appointment. You oncologist will as if you are having any symptoms or lingering side effects and probably order some routine blood work. Pretty boring stuff actually.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Cheryl2's Avatar

      That's in the back of my mind, too. I'm still having some discomfort and other issues. Not sure if they are related to the cancer/surgery or the change in high cholesterol medication which happened at about the same time. My appt. is not for another month.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I tell everyone that I hold my breath between scan day and report day. I have 8 years of doing that and have gottne both good news and bad news at the reports. It is still nerve racking. All you can do is hope for the best. Good luck and don't reallt try to hold your breath it doesn't work.

      almost 5 years ago
    • shelley25's Avatar

      I never questioned it, maybe because I was only 27years old when I had a full hystorectomy. They did so many test that eased my mind. I have never looked back , and thank the LORD all the time! It's been the best years of my life.. There is nothing to worry about, if it comes back somewhere else , you can't do anything about it. Just live a good life, and be thankful they caught it so soon!

      almost 5 years ago
    • grnygole's Avatar

      I think everybody has the same worry and dread at each checkup, and especially when you're only three months away from the end of your treatment. My three month check up went fine, but I'm due for my 6-month soon, and I'm starting to feel the tension and worry build up. As time goes on I think less about my cancer experience and have fewer fears of recurrence, but it's a gradual process. It helps to remember that women in our situation, where the cancer was completely contained, have about a 95% rate of being cancer free for five years, with some going ten to twenty years or the rest of life without cancer. You are most likely to be one of the ones in that fortunate 95%. Try not to scare yourself. Live fully in the present and don't worry about more cancer problems. You may never have them again. Best not to waste time and energy in worrying about something that hasn't happened. I know how hard it is to shake free of the emotions a cancer diagnosis brings, but I hope to reassure you that it does get better. Just give it a little more time. Good luck to you.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Scared - every check up is a big question mark until you get the results.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SpunkyS's Avatar

      I was anxious at 3 month check up. My 6 mo post chemo is coming up soon and I am chewing a bit on the thought "what if its back?" Then I remind myself to live today and not get fussy about what is to come and ruin the present moment. Sometimes I even listen to myself. Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Maxine's Avatar

      I think that everyone who has had cancer is scared. I was diagnposed twice last year-- had two surgeries, chemo, and just completed radiation.
      One thing that this illness has taught me is that I am going to live each day to its fullest. The cancer could come back. I can't control that. I have to make the most of everyday and try not to let this illness control me. I have to try to live my life as a healthy person for as long as I am healthy. Another cancer diagnosis would devastate me-- but I am not going to spend my time being fearful.

      almost 5 years ago

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