• How do you have a positive attitude while awaiting results of a colonoscopy?

    Asked by StegalMan on Friday, May 3, 2013

    How do you have a positive attitude while awaiting results of a colonoscopy?

    Seems that I just can't think about anything other than there's something else there. Driving me crazy. I know I shouldn't worry about it, but I just can't think of anything else.

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    • KarenN@StF's Avatar

      I'm sorry that it causes you such distress. My brain kind of works that way too. The thoughts just keep circling and circling. When I have things bothering me, I try to assess if there is anything to do to change the situation.When it is something I can't change, I try to keep myself busy so I don't think about it so much. I think the best way to take your mind off your own troubles is to help someone else. Maybe find a place to volunteer your time or talent. Another thing I do is actually write down things I'm grateful for. Hope you get good news soon - my thoughts are with you.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I try to think that nothing but the positive is going to happen. I cannot control which way it will go, but I can choose to think and believe that it will be in my favor, or that it won't, so I choose that it will be fine. Hard to do, but easier on you once you train your mind to do it.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Waiting for test results is always stressful, heck waiting to take the tests is pretty darn stressful too. Try to do something you enjoy, see a funny movie, take a yoga class. I know it's hard. Good luck.

      over 4 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      In the last 4 months of my cancer journey, I have found that there is always something worry or stress about. There was the diagnosis, waiting to see the doctors, waiting for treatment, waiting for surgery, waiting waiting waiting. And along with the waiting is the requisite worrying and fretting.

      What helped me was a little lorazepam pill every so often. Besides that , I was busy with the dogs going on long walks in the evening. I have now watched every episode of Storage Wars more than once. By doing this, it has numbed my brain to a point where nothing much matters anymore. :)

      Hang in there, this cancer is just a small roadblock in the journey of life. And we will all prevail.

      over 4 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Understandably so, so don't beat yourself up over it. When you think of it, just remind yourself that you have no control over the situation so there is nothing that you can do to control or change the outcome. But it is just the way you react, fight or flight. Again, try your best to occupy yourself, pamper yourself and surround yourself with optimistic family and friends. Do things that you find enjoyable or entertaining....ballgame, bowling, shopping, dinner with a special person, watch a comedy or go to a new museum or comedy club - things that will engage your mind. Surround yourself with positivity; you can control who you hang out with. No complainers or nosey people. And maybe tell the friend of how you are feeling and tell them they have the task of keeping you entertained and happy. No sick talk, no what-if's. Even tell them that dinner or drinks are your treat if they keep you happy and keep your mind off of those unpleasant things. Good luck and stay positive!

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      I was distracted by other people who were incredibly supportive. Music has been my outlet.

      over 4 years ago
    • nance's Avatar

      Don't be so hard on yourself! This is perfectly normal to worry about the results of a test that can change are lives....and we all hope the news is good so are lives are change to the better again. Take a deep breath and try to take it one day at a time.

      over 4 years ago

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