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Coping with anxiety while waiting

Cancer: Managing Symptoms | Last Active: Nov 7, 2018 | Replies (39)

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@cweeks18

HI TERESA, MY NAME IS CHUCK, I AM A SAILOR AND NOT SMART WITH WORDS, IE,ANXIOUS , WHEN OUT A SEA, I AM ANXIOUS TO GET HOME. BUT I DONT LIKE ANY THING ABOUT MY CANCER. BBUUT I SURE LIKE GETTING HOME. RESP. CHUCK.

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@cweeks18 Hi Chuck:

Your words are just great! None of us like anything about cancer – I agree. I can understand your anxiety about being at sea and wanting to get home. Can you share with us some ideas or activities that help you when you are away from home?

Teresa

HI TERESA, THANK YOU. LONG AGO, I ENJOYED STANDING BRIDGE WATCH AT NIGHT. THE STARS ARE SO BIG AND THE SEA IS SMOOTH.. I ALWAYS THANKED GOD FOR MY LIFE AND THIS DAY. AND FOR YOU, AS YOU TOO HELP . VERY RESP. CHUCK.

@cweeks18 Hello Chuck:

Thank you for sharing this great thought. Like many of us I see that observing nature helps you to relax! That is a good plan. When we see the world through nature, our problems take a back seat to the world and that is good.

Teresa

I took a class that was offered at Mayo that helped me a lot. I will highlight two ideas. The first was to designate a place in your house to feel calm. It can be a room or a chair. If knitting, praying or drumming makes you feel calm, do it there. Don’t open bills or other anxiety provoking things there. The second was to enjoy nature and see yourself in the perspective of the cosmos. Having said that, I am still anxious about my upcoming appointment with the urologist. To manage it I’m spending time with my friends, doing my favorite hobbies, exercising, and eating a good diet. Plus doing the two things I outlined.

@mpeters What great suggestions! Thanks for sharing these with us.

Teresa

@cweeks18 Let us remember there is both positive & negative anxiousness. Sometimes we experience them at the same time like when we're having a consultation. This is commonly referred to as mixed emotion. It is normal as long as we handle it accordingly to benefit not detriment.

@beckyjohnson Good thoughts about positive and negative anxiousness! Thank you for adding that to our discussion.

Teresa

@hopeful33250 Thank you. It seemed appropriate when considering how easy it seems to be for so many of us at so many steps & on such a variety of levels to be understandably anxcious. Might I add a good majority of it is in moving forward which is creating positive energy that we are accuratly labeling "anxcious".