Fear of recurrence overwhelming?

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Question from Meri28: I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25 while I was pregnant. Luckily, I was a Stage 1. How do I not let the fear of recurrence take over my life? I am 3 years out and I still feel like I think about it every day, every minute of my life. Any suggestions?
Answers - Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. It sounds like you've been through a lot. It sounds like you were young at the time of your diagnosis, and being pregnant at the same time may have made you feel even more vulnerable. I am concerned that you are still feeling that you think about it every day. While many of these feelings are natural, if they are interfering with your ability to enjoy your life, you may need more support to help work through some of what you're feeling. For some people, friends or family can offer that support. For many, a professional therapist can be particularly helpful.
Lynn Schuchter Remember that the majority of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer are [successfully treated], and the fact that you're 3 years out without a recurrence is fantastic. Likely hormonal fluctuations from pregnancy and sleep deprivation may contribute to how you're feeling. But with some more time, remarkably this does get somewhat easier.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Young Women and Breast Cancer feautred Lynn Schuchter, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. answering your questions about the special concerns of young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2006.

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