Hi, I am 45 year old Mum diagnosed with endometrial Cancer 3 weeks ago . I had a radical hysterectomy and my first round of Chemo is planned for next week. I will probably need radiation therapy but my appointment with the Radiation Oncologist is in a few weeks. I have been struggling with sky high anxiety due to having Chemo during COVID 19. I have also felt angry, scared, shocked, sad, alone and frustrated. I also have bipolar which complicates things. Can anyone give me tips for getting through Chemo? Anything specific to people with Cancer and Mental Illness? Just a kind word would be comforting. Take Care.
I was just going through those feelings over the past few weeks. I was expecting a radiation treatment I have had & hated in the past. Fortunately, with COVID and a few medical issues I have, it’s been postponed for 6 months.
What I did do to prepare myself was abstain from stimulants, coffee / tea and drugs / alcohol. I bought a oil burner and some essential oils which, believe it or not, do have a calming effect. I also avoided negative influences in my life, especially my brother. I stopped taking his calls and kept away from his negativity.
Emma, I haven’t had chemo, but I know it’s not pleasant, I am not trained in any medical field. I just have a few life experiences and am fairly observant.
Your a mother, that must bring you great joy, but a few worries too. How old are the kids? Your only 45, are the kids at a age where they can listen to you with open ears. Are you able to talk about your health with them?
Is there family or a close friend you can sit with and open your heart to. Failing all of that, there are trained people at Life Line, Beyond Blue and most hospitals, who are happy to help.
I hope you can get through the first session without too many issues, paving a way for more stress free procedures as required.
We, as a group are in similar situations & everyone wants to help. Keep us posted, take care of yourself, breathe deeply, when you feel a bit pressured. I’m sure you’re going to be great.
Emma, I’m so sorry to hear your news. I totally understand that your anxiety is up. My husband did chemo and just would think positive thoughts. I wish you the best. Do you have support like family or good friends? We are here to talk to always
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