Getting back to what is normal - Anxiety

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Getting back to what is normal - Anxiety

by Bethebood on Thu May 31, 2018 07:05 PM

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Hello, I am a esophageal cancer survivor who was diagnosed 9/2016 and did radiation/chemo and then a full rebuild of my esophagus and follow up procedures to stretch it in 2017. I am now trying to get back to what I call my normal life, get a new job and move onto normal. I was very positive up until two months ago and am now full of anxiety and freeze when I need to do anything social. Does anyone else feel this way and how do you cope with it? 

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by PopPop on Sat Jun 02, 2018 01:17 AM

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Hi Beth, I am a Base of Tongue cancer survivor since 2004. I can relate to your question somewhat. Does your anxiety come from the thought of eating out? That was one of my main concerns along with energy levels. 

I will touch on the food first. I learned to eat before hand at home but not so much that I couldn't have something soft and easy to get down while I am out with friends or family. I also learned who I could feel comfortable with and let them know that I eat slow so I don't choke.

Energy was a bit slow to return, so I would take a nap before going out also. You will get back to a "New Normal" at your own pace. We all are different in our Treatments and Recovery. 

Oh, have your Thyroid Levels checked with your Bloodwork as I was told that it isn't a matter of "IF" my Thyroid will fail, but a matter of "WHEN" it will fail. I was lucky as mine was pretty good for nearly 5 years before my"New Normal" energy dropped off the table. I take Levathyroxine now to help balance my TSH. Also check your Iron levels as well.

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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by Mari0512 on Thu Jun 21, 2018 06:13 PM

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Hi Bethebood, I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It's been a while but how are you doing? Do you still have any anxiety when it comes to any social gatherings? Are you getting any kind of therapy? Hows your cancer situation going?

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by Bethebood on Thu Jun 21, 2018 06:44 PM

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Hi PopPop,  No it is not the eating that has been resolved. It is mostly anxiety. And yes my blood is being checked all the time so far so good. Energy is usually good.

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by Bethebood on Thu Jun 21, 2018 06:49 PM

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Hi Mari0512, I am hanging in there and still have the anxiety. I am seeing a therapist which is not really working but I am trying. I am also in a support group and am trying some meds but so far do not like them. My cancer is good but other health issues have come up that are being looked into. I also want to try and go back to work (get a Job) but all this is hindering this which causes the anxiety to worsen.

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by Mari0512 on Thu Jun 21, 2018 07:43 PM

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Hey Bethebood, I read your message. I hope you are hanging in there and I wish you good luck and health in the future.

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by Lahla on Thu Jun 28, 2018 02:59 PM

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Hi Bethebood, I had a different cancer, yet similar experience. Emergency mode is mostly over, yet how do I get back to normal and what is my new normal? I started blogging about it (which I’m saying to share how blogging is helping me- not to promote my site). I started LahLa- My Brain Cancer Free-ish Everyday Life Perspective several weeks ago. It’s helping me get my mixed feelings, challenges, fears, and hopes out. I found that holding things in big or small was like cancer. Writing is helping me put my feelings, fears, desires, anger, etc in clearer categories which become easier to address in life. Otherwise everything was always scrambled and went nowhere. I chose to blog because I needed to get it outside myself and be somewhat visible to others (mine’s still pretty private and I only have 2 followers but that’s enough for now). Previously, even if I had clear ideas inside, I’d still go back and forth and not take a position, make a decision, or take action. I desperately needed stability in my existence and writing helped me clarify my feelings which helped me decide what to do. I personally recommend writing a journal, poems (I write those too but they’re still private), or a blog if you want others to hear you. But get your feelings out in an organized way and it will be easier to see where you want to go and how to get there. That’s my experience anyway. I hope you find what you need and go on to have a happy, healthy life. ??
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