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Jul 30, 2018 12:56PM
Jul 30, 2018 01:12PM
I agree with klvans, as posted "It's way too typical for women to have their health symptoms dismissed and be told they are anxious/depressed, i.e. it's all in their heads. Disgusting."
So very very true. My first diagnosis of breast cancer 20 years ago was delayed for years because my doctor attributed my lump to "lumpy breasts" and did not order a mammogram, resulting in delays that allowed the cancer to spread to my lymph nodes.
Now my current GP dismissed signs of my recent recurrence as arthritis, or anxiety/depression. With great reluctance, like she was doing me a BIG favor, she relented to book an ultrasound for me for what turned out to be a 4 X 3 cm metastatic tumor on my collarbone. She treated me like I was being a hypochondriac.
It is so true that you have to be your own advocate and be the squeaky wheel. As someone just said to me, "So what if the staff is pissed off or annoyed with you. Who cares? It's life and death. You are not asking them to do you a favor, you are asking them to DO THEIR JOBS."
And a quote from this very website: "The best patients are the worst patients...Don't sit back and accept anything that fails to satisfy you. Speak up, protect your interests." -- Claire Fagin, Dean Emerita, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing---That has become my mantra.
with loving support,
1998 at 39 Stage 2 IDC, 1/16 nodes, ER/PR +, HER2-,Gr 3, surgery, AC + Taxol, rads, oopher/hysterectomy, Tamoxifen, Aromasin, finished treatments 2010 - Aug 2018 metastatic recurrence, Stage IV, Letrozole