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Me, in the summer of 2008, wearing my expensive wig with the headband needed to hold it on properly.
When I think back on my treatment days, I always think about my hair loss. It was one of the first questions I asked my oncologist when I was diagnosed, and it was a side effect of chemo that caused me the most stress, especially long term. When I take a step back, it amazes me that out of all the fear and pain caused by cancer treatment, hair loss was the focus of so much anxiety. I felt shallow for caring …
You’ve had your last chemo or radiation treatment and the medical oncologist and /or the radiation oncologist says, “See you in three months.” Even the surgeon doesn’t want to see you for three months. At first it is exhilarating…three whole months with no treatments, no one examining you, testing you, questioning you.
Then it hits you that you are on your own with no one looking after you, checking to see that you are okay, making sure that you are healing well, and reassuring you that your cancer is gone. For many of us that is when a new fear set …
I hope you will never get “that” call…the one telling you that your mammogram shows something suspicious for breast cancer. But if you do, here are some steps you can take to make the going a little easier from someone who got”that”call twice.
This call is most likely to come from one of two sources or both; the doctor who referred you for your mammogram or the center where you had your mammogram.
The first time around for me, twelve+ years ago, it was my GYN practitioner making the call. Stunned, I was not able to ask more than what do I …
I am a really difficult patient. I have a major fear of IVs and I cringe whenever I see one. My husband changes the channel anytime there’s a needle on TV whether it be on a commercial or one of our favorite shows. I cry when I have to have blood drawn and I freak out at the site of an IV. I’ve been like this my whole adult life, so when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28, part of the horror was knowing how many hours I would be spending at the hospital scared …