Trying to help my wife cope with Anxiety/depression around her recent Stage-4 diagnosis. It hurts to see her suffer. I feel like I can't do anything to help. She pretty much feels like crap from the time she wakes up to early evening.
Wife first diagnosed with Stage-2 BC in 2001, left breast mastectomy followed by radiation and chemo, tamoxifen. She handled it well with no sign of anxiety/depression. We thought she beat it.
18 years later (Dec 2018) she felt soreness in chest which turned out to be stage-4 in her sternum and a couple nearby ribs.
January '19 began targeted radiation and Xanax to "take the edge off"
February '19 began Herceptin infusions.
Mid Feb fingertips became black & blue, rushed to ER, spent week in hospital. Dr(s) weren't able to determine the cause until mid-week. Turns out it was a rare disease called Sweet Syndrome (totally unrelated to BC) which was treated with prednizone (steroids).
Herceptin infusions resumed, but so did anxiety/depression. Oncologist referred us to their palliative Dr who tried several different meds (Zoloft, Pixal, etc.) and associated anti-nausea meds which all made my wife feel worse. Xanax was prescribed again for the anxiety but has short effectiveness and was switched to Cal---pam (I forget the spelling)
Finally, the Palliative Dr recommended seeing a psychiatrist to help focus on the anxiety/depression. Saw her today, and she recommended upping the Cal---pam while she conferred with the oncologist to ensure no interactions with cancer meds.
Anyway, long day. My wife just wants to feel somewhat normal again. Me too.
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