Stage 3c How do I keep from obsessing about recurrence
At the age of 38 with no family history, I was diagnosed with a huge ER/PR+ HER2- tumor in Feb 2018. I had all the treatments: 5 mo. AC-T chemo, mastectomy & axillary node removal (10 of 25 had cancer post chemo), oopherectomy 3 weeks post mastectomy, then 28 sessions of rads. I'm on a daily aromatase inhibitor (exemestene). Basically I'm done with active treatment as I turned down a Phase 3 clinical trial of Ibrance for Stage 3 because I felt it was too risky and I wanted to move on with my life.
I managed to get through all of this with a relatively positive attitude but now that active treatment is over & my first CT scan post-treatment isn't until mid-January, I find myself OBSESSING over recurrence. Btw, I exercise regularly & eat really well (more sweets than I should bit otherwise super healthy).
What have other Stage 3, especially Stage 3c, survivors found effective to help you cope when your brain starts to obsess about recurrence?
Thanks so much and be well! ❤ 🌈 🌞