• Invasive duct carcinoma

    Asked by Diane17 on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Invasive duct carcinoma

    I had a lumpectomy..a partial mastectomy..Also had to go in and clean my margins. Then had port put in. Finished my chemo August 7th 2018. Finished my radiation November. I will see my oncologist this Friday to see where I go from here. I am glad it's all over but mostly having trouble with depression. Going to find out what to do about it. I have lots of family & friends but you don't understand the depression I am feeling unless you have went thru this. So happy I found What's next. God bless you all and am looking forward to hearing from you.

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Welcome to WhatNext. This site is very helpful. Congratulations on finishing treatment. It is a wonderful feeling. Take care.

      6 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Congratulations on finishing your treatments! Now it's time to concentrate on survivorship. Our blog page has lots of articles on what to expect, what to do, what to concentrate on in your life. It's a new beginning and most of the time it's not what you expected. Take a look through the articles on the blog page here>> https://www.whatnext.com/blog

      6 months ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      Hi Diane, it was kind of a loss for me (weird as it sounds) ending treatment. You go from you whole life revolving around treatment and it's effects, ongoing Dr's appointments, & scans to suddenly ... Nothing! I got into quite a slump myself. If you need to seek help.

      Congrats on ending treatment & welcome to whatnext.

      6 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Hey, Diane,
      It's important to tell your doctor how depressed you feel, in case the doctor thinks you need an anti-depressant or a counselor. Ask about support groups, too. Talk to his social worker if they have one.

      Now that you've completed all those things, you ought to feel like "I am Woman. Hear me roar." Pat yourself on the back!

      6 months ago
    • cak61's Avatar

      I understand how you are feeling and I know lots of others here do too. And you are right, supportive friends and family are great, but may not understand how it affects you.
      You've been through a lot and it will take time to adjust to everything you've gone through.
      It took me a good while to sort of put it behind me, even though it is always a part of my life.
      I tried to think one day at a time and staying busy helps keep your mind off things.
      I took a mild antidepressant for a while, but what has helped me immensely with depression and anxiety is CBD oil.
      Talk with your doctor.
      Most of all be patient with yourself, you've been through a lot.

      6 months ago
    • janstar47's Avatar

      So happy you’ve finished the treatment. I know there’s worries that hang on, but you must choose to let go of all thoughts of What If. You followed your prescribed treatment and I say CONGRATULATIONS my dear. The depression feelings you feel will lessen more and more each day. REALLY. Look in your mirror and see you’re a SURVIVOR and Greatly Blessed. I pray these feelings are fleeting. May the Lord Bless you deeply and wide. You’re a Survivor. Big hugs my dear. Jan In FL

      6 months ago
    • Horselady46's Avatar

      Glad you finished treatment. But I know how you feel. I was very depressed and my Dr. sent me to a therapist that understood cancer patients. She was wonderful. Also I have therapists in my back yard, my horses. They have gotten me through a lot. Good luck and welcome to What's Next.

      6 months ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I tumbled through a black hole when I finished treatment. I was physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.

      You are right. Friends and family don't get it. Ultimately depression is a dark,awful, selfish state that feeds on itself. I was given meds - antidepressants and Xanax - and sought counseling. A wonderful counselor who is also a yoga instructor helped me climb my way out.

      I think that a big, bad, dirty sack of depression is a load many of us carry following treatment. Keep your eye on that little light of hope. It DOES get better! Warm hugs to you.

      6 months ago
    • MLT's Avatar

      Hi Diane, Congrats on completing treatment. I agree with everyone about the void when treatment is over. Be honest with your onc about your feelings.
      Hoping you get the help you need. It takes time to heal. Hugs!

      6 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      Hi, Diane. Congratulations on finishing treatment. I remember the - as MLT aptly put it - void when treatment was over. It's real and a good therapist can help. I talked to a therapist at the radiation oncology facility. Later my oncologist referred me to someone who specializes in cancer issues. She's really good - she "gets it" and has helped me a lot. She is in my medical group and it doesn't cost me anything to see her. Maybe your oncologist could recommend someone. Good luck to you. Please let us know how you're doing.

      6 months ago
    • gpgirl70's Avatar

      I will echo other advice given and say how helpful a therapist has been. I went into a big slump and isolated myself from friends, family and activities. My husband was my rock but it was not good for me to focus my world around him especially since he's a teacher and puts in long hours during the school year. Along with the therapist, I decided to renew my interest in creating art and have taken several art classes at the community college. The therapist and getting involved in art again has reenergized me and brought me out of my depression.

      6 months ago

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