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    Darlasurvived asked a questionOvarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

    Since my cancer, several years ago. I have suffered with severe bouts of anxiety and depression. I am on medication for this.

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      lynn1950

      Wow. There is nothing silly about anxiety and depression. I think it can be the most painful part of the cancer journey. Like you, I suffered from severe bouts of anxiety and depression and I am on medication. It has been four years since the end of cancer treatment and the beginning of my depression. The medication has been really effective and I have felt fine for quite a long time. Will I ever stop meds? I don't know. It is such a relief to have the anxiety and depression under control! Have I had to try new ones? Yes. There was a time when the meds I was on stopped working for me. Hang in there.

      over 4 years ago
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      sunshinemb

      You are not silly and this is a very serious condition that takes over your life with a cancer diagnosis that is uncurable. I find the holidays to be especially difficult and have been dealing with major depression and anxiety for 3 years now of my treatments. Will it ever go away; NO; unless the cancer does and that will never happen in my case. I pray to God for strength everyday to make it just one more. You are never alone...!

      over 4 years ago
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      vet613

      By no means are you silly! Your question reflects the feelings (if people are honest) of most, if not all, cancer patients. To make it, in my opinion, worse is the fact that most advice on this matter often comes from a person or persons who have not personally experienced the disease. One can argue that a caregiver also experiences the disease, however, I believe a caregivers experience is not the "same." What is worse the answers statements such as "everyone dies at some point", "no one is getting out of this alive", etc. do not serve to alleviate your concern. I know they have not alleviated MY concern. Platitudes are best left for philosophical discussions and church pulpits and not when a cancer patient or survivor expresses concerns about recurrence of the disease that robs a person of so much.

      I will tell you that I share your issues and life seems to divide itself into "Good" and "bad" days. In my opinion your feelings are VERY normal and I advise you to seek the help that some medicines provide even if the relief is only temporary. Objectivity is sometimes difficult for a person affected by cancer, ANY type of cancer, to maintain. As the old saying goes "When you are up to your butt in alligators it is easy to forget your primary mission was to drain the swamp."

      You are not alone!

      over 4 years ago
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    Decision Point (To go to cancer center for surgery.)