Topic: Struggling

Forum: Mental Health: Because Cancer Doesn't Just Affect Your Breasts — Meet and support others who are affected by these issues around anxiety, depression & other emotional effects.

Posted on: May 28, 2022 02:08PM

Posted on: May 28, 2022 02:08PM

loverofjesus wrote:

Today should be a good day. And for the most part it is. But I am struggling with anxiety and depression. I was diagnosed in May of 2021. I am done with all the treatments and I only have my exchange surgery left. I am on tamoxifen.

But here lately fear keeps rising. Like today my knee hurts. I’m pretty sure I hurt is a month or so ago. It’s kinda swelled and just sore. But of course my mind goes to the darkest place possible.

Do we ever get past this. And if so how? I don’t want to panic every pain I get. My knee only has hurt a couple of days and I can walk and everything fine. Bending it makes it sore.

Mentally this is so hard. I’m done. I have been told I’m cancer free. I don’t need scans etc. I feel great over all. It’s mentally that I can’t seem to get past.

I just need some encouragement. I have depended on This forum a lot. And you guys have always been so nice. I’m just asking for some enco

Hormonal Therapy 5/21/2021 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 5/21/2021 Whole breast: Right breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Dx 5/22/2021, ILC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/15/2021 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/2/2021 Mastectomy (Right): Simple; Prophylactic mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander
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May 28, 2022 02:18PM bcincolorado wrote:

Hang in there. I can't say you are ever "done" with this though even as a person of faith which you appear to be. I have completed all my hormonal treatments and surgeries but still have manos on my non-cancer side and follow with my oncologist still as well. From what I can tell she intends to follow me all my life at this point since there is always a risk somewhere and those tests can find it faster and tackle it then. Completing treatment and the required follow up is all we can do and support of everyone. Best wishes to you.

Dx 8/2009, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/1/2010 Mastectomy (Left): Nipple Sparing; Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander Surgery 1/1/2010 Mastectomy (Left): Nipple Sparing Surgery 1/7/2010 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Left) Hormonal Therapy 1/15/2010 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/30/2016 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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May 29, 2022 10:05AM salamandra wrote:

Therapy and psychiatry help me cope. I actually found a great psychiatrist through my cancer treatment center.

It is totally normal for the psychological impact to linger, and it is absolutely a form of healthy self care to seek out help and support. There are practitioners who specialize in dealing with health issues in general and even breast cancer in particular.

That said, one book that has helped me a great deal ever since it was first recommended to me is called "Loving What Is". If you are looking for something to do right now that may help, maybe try that book.

Beyond that, all the things we all know and are a struggle anyway. Enough sleep. Nourishing food. Contact with people you love. Outdoor time. Snuggling with a cat/dog time.

You wouldn't be human if your brain didn't occasionally go to dark places. But the way you feel now is not the way you'll always feel, it's just how you feel now. Hang in there!! Heart

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/17/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/2/2018 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2019 Fareston (toremifene)
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May 29, 2022 10:15AM elainetherese wrote:

Hormonal therapy can often affect our moods. After two months or so of Zoladex + Aromasin, I was feeling depressed. I told my MO; she prescribed Celexa, and I felt better shortly thereafter.

So, there's always the possibility that Tamoxifen has negatively impacted your moods. Tell your general practitioner or MO about your depression and anxiety. Maybe meds will help; maybe they won't. But, they are always a possibility.

As the others have noted, therapy could be a big help, too.


DX IDC June 28, 2014, 5 cm., 1 node tested positive (fine needle biopsy); 0/20 after neoadjuvant chemo + ALND; Grade 3; ER+ PR+ HER2+ Neoadjuvant chemotherapy starting 7/23/14 ACX 4, Taxol X 12, Perjeta X 4; Herceptin: one year Chemotherapy 7/23/2014 AC Targeted Therapy 9/17/2014 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 9/17/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 9/17/2014 Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 1/12/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Underarm/Axillary Hormonal Therapy 2/25/2015 Aromasin (exemestane), Zoladex (goserelin) Radiation Therapy 3/9/2015 Breast, Lymph nodes

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