The Roller Coaster Ride of Cancer
Hello to all of you who have had cancer diagnosis and treatments.
The past couple of months I have been on a roller coaster ride with concerns about cancer. I am a volunteer mentor here at Mayo Connect and I came to Connect after my third diagnosis of a Neuroendocrine Tumor (a rare form of cancer), so needless to say my stress level goes up whenever I have a scan, blood work, etc. that doesn’t look completely normal. Recently I had a scan which showed a liver lesion (which was finally decided to be benign) and a mammogram that looked suspicious at first glance. Follow up tests showed all to be OK. I work with two different hospital systems in my area, so I have a good check and balance system in place. The thought occurred to me that many of us with cancer in our history probably experience similar roller coaster rides at one time or another.
Please feel to share with us how you deal with this when it happens. How do you “put your mind at ease?” What steps do you take with your doctors, getting second opinions, researching online, etc.?
Looking forward to hearing from you,