• Is there a food, a song, a day, a holiday, or anything else that instantly snaps you to the day you were diagnosed?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Saturday, April 20, 2019

    Is there a food, a song, a day, a holiday, or anything else that instantly snaps you to the day you were diagnosed?

    I have these flashbacks from a few things. The perfume Donna used to wear, Springtime on a warm clear day, or Fall weather in Oct. It's sort of strange. Does anyone else have this happen?

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Mine is my wedding anniversary. That was the day we had the biopsy. And two days later, life was turned upside down.

      5 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      Oddly enough, no! Due to extensive family history, I expected cancer at some point - but NEVER allowed that to freak me out of dominate my thoughts. Back burner stuff. When it arrived, I pretty much diagnosed myself, after having been given anxiety meds by an incompetent GP. It was like being in the Twilight Zone, not being able to convince doctor that I was sick. Ah, but Providence intervened and three cancers and ten+ years later, I am still here bothering people!

      5 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      My granddaughter’s birthday, August 11th .My husband and I were in the car traveling to my daughter’s house for a birthday celebration ,. my granddaughter was turning 2. We received a call from my doctor’s nurse telling us that the results from the my CT scan taken the day before were in and my doctor needed to see me as soon as possible. We turned the car around, missing the celebration.That was the day the doctor told me I had late stage cancer and gave me up to two years to live. Fooled him. I will be at my daughter’s this year celebrating my granddaughter’s 8th birthday.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Driving by the restaurant where my husband and I were going to eat lunch when the PCP called with news it was lung cancer always reminds me of that day. I'm not sure we've ever been back to that restaurant since that day, but I don't think that's why.

      5 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      I don't have diagnosis day flashbacks, but there are events that snap me back to cancer surgery. Every time the Tony awards are announced I remember the surgery, because I was trying to watch them while very sick after my surgery in the hospital in 2016. Also, any music from Hamilton can take me back to that time because a couple of the songs that I saw on the Tony's that year helped to make me positive and scrappy enough to get myself up and moving!

      The Farmer's Insurance Open is on Torrey Pines Golf Course, which is right outside the window of where I had my surgeries. When I had my surprise Colostomy they put me in a room overlooking the golf course, and I could see the hubbub going on out there. So when I see any coverage of that event I flash back.

      Mostly the flashbacks are positive at this point, in appreciation that I got through those experiences.

      5 months ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      Valentine's Day was when I had my colonoscopy at 50 and was diagnosed with colon cancer with no symptoms. It was like that "you have cancer" commercial that was so unexpected.

      5 months ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I was in a hospital bed (post Op recovery room) when the surgeon told me and it spreaded to my lymph nodes for another surgery in 4 weeks.

      5 months ago
    • Afterglow's Avatar
      Afterglow

      My birthday (tomorrow). Had blood drawn on my birthday and a call the next day saying my PSA was 23.9. Official biopsy diagnosis was sometime later but can't remember that date as it was rather anticlimactic.

      5 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      @Afterglow, happy birthday! We hope you don't carry any feelings of anxiety or fear anymore.

      5 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Happy Birthday, Afterglow!

      5 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      Mine is not a reminder of my diagnosis but there is a certain intersection/stoplight where I was stopped and that’s when I got the phone call from the surgeon’s office to set up an appointment. Whenever I go through that intersection I think of that call. Also, my re-excision was on my wedding anniversary.

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      Happy birthday, @Afterglow!

      5 months ago
    • cheryncp's Avatar
      cheryncp

      I was diagnosed on April 29th and each year around tax time I know it has been almost another year that I have survived this beast of a disease.

      5 months ago
    • Paperpusher's Avatar
      Paperpusher

      Hubby's surgery to remove his RLL was on his birthday 12/14. His diagnosis of his relapse was the following December but they let him wait until after Christmas to have the biopsy to confirm the same type.

      5 months ago
    • NavyVet's Avatar
      NavyVet

      Valentine’s Day 2017, my husband diagnosed with rectal cancer during his colonoscopy. That day was an absolute blur.

      5 months ago

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