Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’

Scanxiety . . . How Do You Deal?

So one would think that after 9 years I would be used to followup visits and tests. I stupidly thought I would get to a point where I would be scanxiety free. In the beginning I went for visits every 3 months, then after 3 years I went every 6 months and then when at the 5 year mark I graduated to once...
September 2nd, 2010 | Life After Cancer | Read More

Do You Ever Have A Hard Time Sleeping?

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I keep waking up at 4:48 AM.  Sometimes a few minutes earlier or later.  I hate it.  But I know I’m not alone.  I’ve talked with a handful of breast cancer bloggers this week and discovered we all use blogging as a great way to deal with being awake at night. Sometimes I can clearly identify...
September 23rd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Ever Have A Hard Time Sleeping?

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I keep waking up at 4:48 AM.  Sometimes a few minutes earlier or later.  I hate it.  But I know I’m not alone.  I’ve talked with a handful of breast cancer bloggers this week and discovered we all use blogging as a great way to deal with being awake at night. Sometimes I can clearly identify...
September 23rd, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Have You Ever Seen A Therapist?

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When I lived in San Francisco, nobody batted an eyelash at dropping into casual conversation mention of a trip to their therapist.  “Oh, I had a really great breakthrough at my therapy session yesterday” was on conversational par with telling someone “I tried a fantastic new recipe for kale...
September 18th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

Do You Like Being Called Strong?

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My mom and dad drove to Chicago for an impromptu Labor Day weekend visit.  My mom sat by my computer this morning as I checked my email.  We began a conversation about Wendy Harpham’s blog post on “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Cancer not only sucks for me, but it hugely sucks...
September 4th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More

It’s the Waiting Room. . . What Do You Do??

I had a 6 month boob checkup at Sloan with my surgeon and after 8 years I still get super anxious. Two nites prior I started with a headache and by the morning of I felt sick to my stomach. Somehow I thought that it would be an easy appointment. Just a breast exam and no scans. But alas…I...
August 26th, 2009 | Life After Cancer | Read More

Associated Reactions. . . Ever Have ‘Em??

In my recent post on how smells affected our memory I neglected to write about my associated reaction with the Metro North Train to NYC. Since surviving cancer my love of NYC has been somewhat tainted. I had all of my surgery, treatment, and followup visits at Sloan Kettering in the city. I feel very...
August 17th, 2009 | Life After Cancer | Read More

What’s That Smell ??

Throughout my life I have always had a heightened sense of smell. And that sense in particular has always been very connected to my memory. Some of my favorite smells are my Amarige perfume, lavendar, buttercream scented candles, fresh linens, my grandma’s gravy (what we italians called sauce,...
July 12th, 2009 | Life After Cancer | Read More

Shutterbuggin

  I was surprised I grabbed my camera that morning. I hadn’t so much as touched it in a while. And I am not sure why. Photography has become a needed hobby of mine. Something necessary to keep me grounded. It is something I started a short time before my cancer diagnosis and during my treatment...
July 3rd, 2009 | Life After Cancer | Read More

Cancer and ANXIETY

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If you’ve read Everything Changes, you know the saga of my sudden onset cancer claustrophobia.   Since cancer, sitting on an airplane feels to me like the Star Wars trash compactor scene.  I’ve chalked it up to either post-traumatic stress disorder, or the anxiety that can be a common side effect...
May 26th, 2009 | Everything Changes | Read More