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Understanding fear.

Posted Mar 24 2010 12:00am
Today I have been reading an article on the fear that most cancer survivors experience and how real it is. For many people that have never been through it they find it hard to understand and think that once your treatments are over that it should be the end of it. Not so....

I am definitely getting on with my life but the fear is real. Here are a few of the things one person wrote about. She is an 11 year survivor but still the fear is there
There are daily reminders, anniversary dates, doctor check ups, and many emotional, physical and visual cues that trigger the fear of breast cancer returning.
I have fear of recurrence regularly, especially around mammogram time, after each self breast exam and daily as I take my medications.
The fear shows up when my scar tissue pangs with pain or my arm falls asleep due to the nerve damage from the surgeries.
The fear visits me when I meet someone else that has been diagnosed.
I worry that maybe I did not do enough and it will come back. I worry about death, leaving my children, husband and family too soon and how would I cope with it all over again?
What treatments would I need, how would it affect my quality of life and would I be a burden on my family if the cancer came back or was terminal?
Living Beyond Breast Cancer is putting together a booklet on this subject.Jean and I have talked about this and if there is ever a recurrence we will be ready and definitely know that we will be able to handle anything that comes our way. We have laughed, we have cried and we kept doing the things we love and our strength can overcome anything.Most of you know that we love the outdoors, nature, travel, hiking and for me also photography. This year we will be doing all of these things....hopefully I won't be as tired as the last few years. A few trips are in the over Easter, we hope to the Skagit Valley in Washington to see the Tulip Festival. It is a wonderful setting for photography.
Today I was able to get a few photos of some of the Daffodil fields we have here in Victoria
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