We all have waiting times

Posted by Nancy, Alumna Mentor @1nan, Apr 5, 2021

Even connect mentors have times that are experienced by all those who come to Connect. We have some form of test for our various conditions and then we have to wait for the results. I have been so impressed by many of you who have experienced extreme anxiety over those tests yet have overcome that anxiety and learned to get through the process and stay in charge of your responses. I have been doing this test and waiting since 2002 and next week have a three month lab check. I am so grateful I don’t have anxiety with the wait, but I do have curiosity and even project what I will do if I don’t like the outcome. I have admired @loula, @suz22, and @evamarie0077, and many others for how they have taken charge of life, getting past so many negative aspects of times of waiting. I wonder if you ladies and others would share with other Connect members how you got past letting fear rule your life, or perhaps share what has helped you the most. Those experiences might very well help others. Thank you. Peace, Nancy

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@astaingegerdm

I had breast cancer treatments 29 years ago- a long time ago. Everything has been fine, but I still get a chill when it's time for the annual mammogram. I used to be "hysterical" around the time of year when I was diagnosed, not now. I know that if something new is found it's not the initial cancer, but a new one that can be treated. I also have the motto "it is what it is and I'll deal with it".

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I just tell myself that the only thing stronger than fear is hope. Embracing hope beats living in fear every day. If nothing else it's an east mantra to repeat to myself often.

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Hello All , I have had cancer twice, 1st time in 2015 , no surgery ever before masec , ok? The best help I can give myself to get thru the tests, results appts , or procedures , is to learn learn learn . Tho I have met a few drs who say " You ask too many questions" or , "just leave that to me " I replace them as soon as possible . Its almost like I'm going to Med School , and want to get to the best ones , to also get the most out of all that time shared … Some drs are EXCELLENT teachers ! I admire them the most and truly respect the ones who include their patients in the conversation .

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@buckslayer

I just tell myself that the only thing stronger than fear is hope. Embracing hope beats living in fear every day. If nothing else it's an east mantra to repeat to myself often.

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Buckslayer , You are so right ! I get down , but I cannot stay there , it's an awful way to be , such a darkness . I also tell the cancer " Get out of my body . This isnt where you belong . "

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