Thanks for your post. I can only imagine the anxiety you went through waiting for your first post treatment mammogram and the results.
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You may also be interested to read what Dr Peter Harvey, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, wrote about how people can feel after treatment has finished. Although the article is many years old and not specific to breast cancer the emotional issues discussed remain relevant. You can read this through the following link After the treatment has finished - Then what?
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I recently posted asking questions about first annual mammogram after DCIS surgery.
I had fears about how painful it would be and if i would get results straight away etc.
What i can tell you now is this, i had been worrying about this first follow up mammogram since i got the results of my surgery last march - would it hurt and all the what ifs? etc.
My appointment was the last week of January and i drove myself crazy for the month before so much so that i had an episode of stress related eczma on one(bizzarly) of my fingers. Eventually i had the mammograms and of course there was the obligatory week to 10 days waiting (which did not help with the eczma). I had been given some helpful advice by several ladies on here about taking pain relief beforehand, which did actually help so thank you for that xx. Nothing could help my anxiety whilst waiting for the results though, eventually a letter arrived telling me my mammogram showed no sign of cancer and to be vigilent if myself and there would be regular follow ups (annually) until further notice.
I have to say the relief was enormous and a week later the eczma has almost cleared up (amazing!) I can only say it was my own thoughts and fears that added to my anxiety. I will probably be exactly the same next year but at least i now know what to expect and i can deal with it and anything else that this disease can throw at me. I know we are all different and all deal with things differently and in our own way, all the support and answers to my silly questions that i have received has been a big help, and i am so grateful to everyone for their knowledge and thoughts. We are all at different stages of our journey with cancer and if by sharing our fears, anxieties, thoughts and knowledge with each other no matter how big or small we can support each other then i for one am indebted to each and everone of you and send my thanks and love and support back to each of you, if i can help with answers, advice or just sharing then i will. In the meantime 2019 starts now for me and i will be stocking up on eczma cream and painkillers for next year! Lots of love