Aug 15, 2020 04:25PM ElaineTherese wrote:
I was 46 (almost 47) when I was diagnosed with Stage III, Grade 3 breast cancer in 2014, and I'm still here in 2020. Breast cancer is a very treatable cancer, even Grade 3 cancer. In fact, Grade 3 cancer responds very well to chemo because chemo works best on quickly dividing cells.
Have you talked to a doctor about your anxiety? I had problems sleeping after my diagnosis, and my doctor prescribed me some Ativan to take when necessary. Another option is Xanax. (Better living through chemistry!)
Talking to a counselor who specializes in cancer patients might also be helpful. If you're being seen in a Breast Cancer Center, the nurses there could provide you with a referral to such a counselor.
Finally, don't blame yourself for getting breast cancer. Many of us waited until we were older to have our first children. Many of us were healthy and had no family history of breast cancer before we were diagnosed.
Please be kind to yourself and just focus on taking things one step at a time. I was diagnosed triple positive and my treatment seemed to go on forever (had to do a year of Herceptin). But, active treatment is behind me now, and it will be for you someday.