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Topic 'Today I am feeling' - managing emotions

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Started by Anonymous on 26 September 2017 at 10:18

Emm ... Bit anxious this week ... Last year I was diagnosed with Bladder cancer. Had no idea all ! a tremendous shock ! Had turb op & I doze of chemo then check cystoscopes this past year. Last check last week.. Small reoccurrence so have to go back in to hospital. Guess I wasn't expecting this & feel nervous now ... I think I just blocked all of last year out. Then a year to the day that I was diagnosed (8th Aug 2016) I felt I was getting back to my normal self & felt the best emotionally & physically in a long while, but now I feel I'm going back the way. I also never really asked any questions when all this happened & seemed to go through it in a haze ! Questions are in my head now & I think I'm worried now about this reoccurrence ... It was a grade 2 tcc of the bladder ... Now I'm thinking Is it low risk of high risk ? Apologies in long rant ... Head all over the place ...

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    From SusieQ  
    26 September 2017 at 13:09
    Edited on: 26 September 2017 at 13:35


    The anniversary of a cancer diagnosis can often cause anxiety...and reminders of when the cancer was originally diagnosed. To then find that a small recurrence had occurred - well - it's almost bound to have tipped you into emotional 'overdrive'.

    Be kind to yourself - it sounds a normal reaction to news you weren't expecting, especially as you've been doing so well. Bladder cancers can recur, and need some more treatment, even with the early bladder cancers, confined to the bladder.

    It sounds as though you would feel better if you knew about more about your own particular cancer, including stage and risk? It might be worth giving your specialist nurse a call, and asking some of the questions that are troubling you?

    It's not uncommon to block out all the cancer information when first diagnosed - focusing more on getting the treatment over with, and hoping that that's the end of it. The anxieties may still have been rumbling along at a subconscious level though...and resurfaced this week, with everything that's going on.

    If you're living near, or being treated near one of our Maggie's'd be welcome to drop in and talk through how you're feeling. You'll realise you're not alone in the emotions you're experiencing...

    Things will hopefully begin to feel more together, and in control, once you've got a new treatment plan.

    In the mean time, I'll message you and say 'hello' may have more you'd like to talk through...

    Warm wishes



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