Does fear of illness go away?

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Question from Angela99T: Once you get sick, do you ever get over being sick? I mean, am I going to be afraid all the time now?
Answers - David Spiegel No. I think it is much more acute in the first period. It doesn't go away, but you get used to it and you have experience dealing with it. People learn this in support groups. You go from feeling completely healthy to feeling completely sick and eventually you wind up in the middle.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. offers a lot of information and tools to help women deal with the fear and also the Y-ME organization,, who is co-sponsoring this event, has a terrific national help line to help women who are struggling with these feelings.

Editor's Note: Y-ME is now known as ABCD Breast Cancer Support.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Feelings about Breast Cancer featured David Spiegel, Ph.D. and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2000.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of 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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