Thanks for your reply. I have not met anyone else who suffers with the strange feelings that I have.
Yes, I do have a Cancer Nurse from the Mc Grah (sorry I don't know how to spell this) Foundation assisting with my doctors' visits at the hospital. She is excellent at obtaining appointments for tests when no appointments are available, so she does have a great deal of influence in the hospital. But she just says that I should be coping better than I am.
How are you coping yourself?
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I am on my second time around for this whole process, but this latest session has been really life changing for me, so I can relate to what you are saying.
My latest session of treatments started in September last year. I was happily working as a teacher in a Northern Territory remote community. But this place was too far away from the doctors and hospital. So I had to resign from my job and lost my free accomodation which went with my job. I was forced to go to the nearest town for treatment, which is Darwin. My daughter lives in Darwin, so I thought that going to live with her would be ok and that I would get the emotional support I needed.
Not so. I suddenly found that I spent all day and nearly every night on my own. The doctors and nurses at the hospital kept telling me that I was depressed. But I wasn't depressed. I just didn't want to deal with all this on my own and I just wanted someone to sit down and talk to me. I didn't really want to talk to friends, because I found that they didn't really understand or were not interested in hearing about what I am going through.
After a couple of months, I moved out of my daughter's flat and I am now staying with a girlfriend. Her friendship didn't really make the difference to how I feel emotionally now, but she gave me a book to read which has helped me so much. Even if you are a person who does not read very much, this book (and I can suggest others too) will help you with your emotions, so please give it a try. The book is "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise L. Hay. Louise had Cancer herself and she explains how to stay positive and get through this. You will be able to buy a new copy in the book shops and you should be able to find it at a local library.
I spend most of my day in bed, so I have gone on to read other good books since finishing this one by Louise. So emotionally, I am in a much better place now than I was last November.
I hope my suggestion helps, let me know how you are going.
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I live in Darwin and I am undergoing treatments for my Breast Cancer for the second time.
Originally, I found a lump in my right Breast in 1998. I had the lump and sample Lymphnodes removed. Then I received three months of Radiation treatment.
Then late last year, I found another lump under my right arm. I have since had all of my remaining Lymphnodes, ones with and without Cancer cells removed. Currently, I am receiving six months of Chemotherapy treatment, which will be followed by Radiation and some sort of Hormone Treatment.
Receiving the chemotherapy treatment is preventing me from going to work. I have had very high temperatures and very, very low white cell counts. When I receive each new dose, I suffer from what seems to be over-anxiousness and dizzyness at the same time. So I find normal, day-to-day life very difficult to cope with. I have to lie down all the time, till this feeling goes away from me. I can't stay in the kitchen long enough to cook and I am not able to go out of the house.
Does or has anyone else felt like this for long periods of time??? Is this just what they refer to as Chemo dizziness???
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.