Normal to fear moving on with life?


Question from molly: I want to move beyond, to forget that I ever had breast cancer, but I get scared that if I get on with my life, it will come back. Is this normal?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Moving on with your life, trying to recapture the pleasure of living, trying to do things that make you feel fulfilled and connected to other people, will only enhance your life, make it meaningful, and improve your health. Of course, you still need to take care of yourself, avoid smoking, try to exercise, eat a well-balanced diet, limit your alcohol intake, try to control your weight, and be followed closely by your team of caring doctors and nurses and other health care professionals. All of you on the conference know so well about the big whale--the fear and uncertainty--that moves into your living room with a breast cancer diagnosis. Moving on helps to shrink the whale. And taking care of yourself and connecting to others helps keep that whale small. There is so much on Breastcancer.org's site that helps you manage the fear of breast cancer.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Easing Breast Cancer Fears. Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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