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    Amy8 asked a questionLeukemia

    Dealing with bad anxiety?

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      WVgirl2424

      I am 21 months post transplant. I too have anxiety problems and so do all cancer patients even if cancer free, we all have it. The key is finding what is best for you. Some run, some read, some see a therapist. I do yoga and it calms me. I also suffer survivors guilt. I have AML and so far a successful transplant, however my sister passed away in 2005 from cervical cancer. When I get anxious and worry I do yoga at home, stretching your muscles will relax you. Also calming music and a good massage is great. Once my husband took me and I got a mani/ pedi and that was relaxing. I am an RN, not back to work yet and I have always worked nights, to this day I usually do not go to sleep until 3-5 am and sometimes have to take meds to go to sleep. So, you see you are not alone, we are all here for you and each other. Just experiment and find your relaxation trigger, maybe just browsing in the stores, I even have jigsaw puzzles on iPad. You will find more than one way to become less anxious. I hope this helps you to find your way, I'll be praying for you!

      over 3 years ago
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      Hi Amy!
      I am 5 years post transplant and I know exactly how you feel! I used to get the same anxiety after a scare also and I would fear if I had leg pain or something my leukemia was back also. I used try to get my mind off the situation by reading. Think of something you enjoy doing and when you start to feel anxious do that activity. Whether it be going for a walk or a bike ride. Something to get your mind off worrying. Continue to stay positive and maybe see if there is a local support group for survivors. That also what I did and it helped me so much with my anxiety. It always helps to talk to others that are going through the same thing you are. I hope this helps!

      over 3 years ago
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      anxiety is a hard one to shake for me. i have been fighting leukemia for 2 years now and at the same time waiting for a matched donor for a stem cell transplant. it is agonizing for sure. some people find a match instantly, some have dozens of potential matches, and then there's me...not a one. this is very depressing and hard to shake. i am anxious all the time all day long. I do plenty of crafts and reading but as soon as I have finished a project or book my mind starts wandering again. not to mention five days of active chemo every month and weekly blood tests and/or transfusions. it is hard to NOT think about cancer each and every day. I do my best to try to stay positive but I am a realist, and the reality of this just plain ole sucks. I know, I know, I am happy to still be alive. thanks for reading. not too many people get how you feel unless they have been through it. I stopped talking about it with others. when they ask 'how are you doing?' I just say 'great'.

      almost 3 years ago
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