Sep 10, 2010 09:32PM - edited Sep 10, 2010 09:33PM by ICanDoThis
Well, like you, I come from a family that is totally nuts, but was not in treatment for emotional distress when I was diagnosed. I did have another support network, though.
I wasn't as smart as you, and I didn't go to a therapist when I first started treatment. But afterwards, oh, man! Research has shown that most of us who fall seriously apart after treatment were people who had had traumatic incidents earlier. So, we do get what you are talking about.
What I want you to know is that, not only did I get through treatment, I got through the emotional part of treatment as well. I really am ok now. I have bouts of anxiety around my checkups and mammos, but, today I prefer not to think of myself as mentally ill, I'm merely occasionally neurotic. With a capital N. LOL
Don't be scared (yeah, right. I was terrified). It's not fun, but it can all be done. And most women do not die of BC, or have serious long-term side effects. Honest. You can join treatment groups on here, and make some really good support connections. I belong to a team of women who do the Komen Race for the Cure together every year.
If you would like to talk further in private, you can send me a private message through the tab on the top right side of the screen.