• I feel extremely anxious about my chemo that is to begin on Tuesday.

    Asked by Kathy on Friday, October 19, 2012

    I feel extremely anxious about my chemo that is to begin on Tuesday.

    I am to begin chemo on Tuesday and am totally dreading entering that phase of my journey. This is for a recurrence so I have done this before. I wonder if the side effects will be the same or worse or better. The anxiety I am feeling is making me crazy. Some one just said to me - have a nice weekend!! Made me cry. I know I can and will get through this but the anticipation has been dreadful.

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      My cancer woes were over 10 years ago. I endured 16 weeks of radiation and two rounds of chemotherapy. A drowning kitten had more strength and endurance, at the time, than did I.
      Your body reacts to being poisoned, plain and simple. We have cell and muscle memory and I doubt that your body is happy to be going into this position again. You made it through once before and you will again but perhaps it is time you did some research (later, when you are recovering) to find out what you can do, how you can be proactive, to make sure you are not ever in this position again. Better to cry than to repress your feelings. The words "Have a nice day" from a stranger are meaningless platitudes. Your feelings and worries are very personal. Just breathe. Breathe again. You might want to look into a therapeutic (seated) yoga class to help deal with the anxiety. Best wishes for recovered good health.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar
      Fusionera

      Hi Kathy,

      I understand your anxiety, as I have had a few recurrences of my own cancer. Is your oncology team using a different chemo drug this time? Is it IV chamo or can you take pills? Perhaps you can obtain Ativan or something else for your anxiety from your oncologist. Keeping you in my prayers.

      almost 7 years ago
    • kkelly111's Avatar
      kkelly111

      After hearing I had cancer I knew the only way to get better was to get the chemo. I went in every time happy to get my rounds because I had 2 kids that I needed to fight for. Is this going to be fun? No...but remember what the reason is, without it the cancer will continue to spread. There will be many times that you will cry and many days that you will get mad, you are much stronger than you can imagine. The first couple of rounds I was up cleaning house like crazy, steroids make you move, you will get more tired as rounds progress but YOU CAN DO THIS!!!! Good Luck

      about 6 years ago

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