• How often does the thought of recurrence cross your mind?

    Asked by UpandUp on Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    How often does the thought of recurrence cross your mind?

    Do you think about it or worry about it every day?
    Weekly, Monthly, never?

    I am out of treatments now but I am constantly having anxiety and almost panic attacks at times worrying about it coming back. Just me? Is this normal?

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      In the beginning, after treatments were over, I thought a lot of the chance it would come back. But seven years later, I am too busy with my granddaughters to worry about it.

      2 months ago
    • mom2two's Avatar
      mom2two

      I also am out of treatment but still in a clinical trial for about 31/2 yrs now and it will last for 5. I do think about recurrence every now and then, but really try not to let my mind go there. I try to focus on whats ahead in my life and all I still want to do. :)

      2 months ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      I'm more than 7 years out and the thought of a recurrence rarely crosses my mind, so I don't worry about it either. But, it took me quite some time to get to this point.

      I am very vigilant about keeping up with my scans and do whatever the doctor recommends. I did, however, decide to cut my ties with my oncologist. He was the best, but the anxiety leading up to my annual check-up was very upsetting (even more than my colonoscopy, which I actually look forward to). He had told me I didn't have to continue with annual visits after 5 years, so after my 5th year, I decided to stop going. I am fortunate, however, to have had a cancer diagnosis which the doctors feel has been completely resolved and that I am cancer-free.

      I have more survivor's guilt than survivor's worry, but I am also not a worrier by nature.

      2 months ago

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