• Has anyone who suffers from bipolar or depression survived cancer? If so, how did you cope with this fact?

    Asked by SunnyCloud on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Has anyone who suffers from bipolar or depression survived cancer? If so, how did you cope with this fact?

    I myself am not on medication for it, but I plan to make a call today. I am not doing well at all. :(

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      depression is common after cancer so talk to your dr about your depression and see what can be done about it now.. you should not suffer with depression.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      Yes! I made a call today seeking help. They took my info and will get a call within the next 7 days. (I have Medicaid) Too long for me, but thankfully I have my family and online friends to talk to in the meantime.
      P.S. The social worker at the cancer center provided the phone number for me. Im feeling a little better today, but I am not able to do house chores. It feels overwhelming...as it did before I found out I had cancer. So, I am glad that I will finally get the help I need. It's been about 6 or 7 yrs since I last took medicine for bipolar. Im praying that this time I will be able to stay on it.

      almost 5 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      Definitely worth getting medication! I had a double mastectomy 10 months ago and have done extremely well, emotionally also (depression/anxiety history and medication). Critical to have a support system. Al-Anon meetings helped me trememdously throughout all of it. Their daily readers are worth buying; tend to set your mind in a good frame starting out the day. Might be available on Amazon...? Courage to Change was the best one for me during that time. My home meeting was one of my lifelines.
      There's help out there. It can take a lot of work.
      Good luck to you!

      almost 5 years ago
    • four321's Avatar

      ive been trying medications for depression and bipolar 2 (which iis always downs and know highs for about 30yrs now and nothing has worked still waiting for the miracle drug im on lithium right now and i just have make due with that til after treatment its supposed to work well with chemo but who knows so good luck with your depression

      almost 5 years ago
    • joyce508's Avatar

      I was depressed a lot while I was getting chemo treatments Cancer changed everything in my life.I gained 40 pounds,lost my hair,I lost my job,bills piled up,insurance ran out ect... I felt useless and a burden I would cry and lay in bed for days.nothing made me happy anymore the doc had me take I 100mg of bupropion 3x daily.Then was given amitriptyline 25mg once a day ,and even lexapro 10mg 2x day..nothing really helped they just made me tired.So I stopped the meds,The one thing that has helped is me helping someone else.I think knowing someone "needs me" not only keeps my mind off my problems but it makes me feel good

      almost 5 years ago
    • cristinainms' Avatar

      I am bipolar. In 2006 when I had uterine cancer, it was very hard to manage the moods and depression. After my surgery I felt somewhat better but with the complete hysterectomy I found myself uncontrollably depressed. I didnt know there were so many resources for help on this at the time. I did however talk to my doctor, and was refered to counseling and given different medications for the depression. I am currently with vaginal cancer stage 1 and again the emotions are hard to maintain for me. I was on Celexa but gained nearly 70 pounds this past year on that and so needless to say I am not taking that anymore. I have been on numerous antidepressants and like many others I am finding I just dont know what works for me yet. I have just relocated to MS so now my plan is to find support group where I hope that I can connect with others like me, a doctor that can address the depression as well as my cancer treatment/care needs, and of course I try to get enough rest and excercise. I try to do things when I am feeling down like walk on the beach, read my Bible or a Womens Devotional of some sort, read other peoples journeys, write, sing. I think I would like to grow some indoor plants here in my new place. That would make me happy too.

      almost 5 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Also with meds to do with depression they take a few weeks to get into your system and start working. I take lexapro and xanax have to up the anti once in a while because you get immuned to it. Also like Joyce said do things to take your mind off of it. I worked a food drive and what a wonderful feeling and day. Didn't sit there and think about poor me all day. Try to keep busy with small things so you don't tire yourself out too much.
      Also if you need to cry then cry it is the best thing for you to get out those built up tears. I cry at least once a day could be happy tears or sad tears. Keep your chin up and just smile.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      For some reason, I didnt see the email alerts for these responses. Thank you all for commenting. Ive been feeling better since I found the perfect church for me. I have something good to look forward to & have people to speak with in person. I dont get to see a doc about this til Dec. 27. *rolls eyes* But Im willing to wait. I have noticed that Im a little more crabby than usual. I dont want that for my daughter. I dont like taking these types of meds, but for her, I will try them again. :)

      almost 5 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar

      P.S. I hope everyone is doing much better. May you have love, peace, blessings, and happiness throughout the holidays & the new year. <3

      almost 5 years ago
    • Heidi's Avatar

      I wonder about this question to. My insurance does not cover the "emotional" side to all this cancer stuff. Bipolar before getting sick and oddly enough being in remission has seemed to trigger something inside me. I am way up then way down there's no middle ground any more. I hope you find what your looking for. My doctor told me the classic story " now that your done for a while your hormones will level them self's out again" hmmm not sure how long that's supposed to take.....

      almost 5 years ago
    • Posogrl's Avatar

      I've suffered with depression my whole life and now that my cancer is back after 4yrs I'm trying to stay focused on the positive aspects of my life and stay away from the dark places but surgery is next Thursday and its always worse when I'm stuck in bed and unable to do anything for myself... I know that if I ask for water or an ice pack and my eleven year old gives me attitude I may just lose it and break down. I've tried many depression treatments over the years and none of their affects have out weighed their side affects... I'm more scared about depression than my cancer treatment if that makes sense.

      over 4 years ago
    • Dani's Avatar

      SunnyCloud, I am really sorry to answer your question with a question but I really need to talk to someone who is going through depression along with cancer because I have no idea how to deal with it...Xoxo Dani

      about 4 years ago
    • SouthernMom's Avatar

      My answer had been to follow with my psychiatrist EXTREMELY closely. I don't know what your insurance status is, but what I have found that it is worth paying out of pocket. Medications can interact with chemo/radiation, plus everything else you are dealing with. My psychiatrist is also in contact with my gynecologic oncologist as well. They have been working together to help me work through this.

      over 3 years ago

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