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Does Cancer Change You?

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you might have a fear of the word cancer and if it will change who you are. The questions that ran through my mind on the day I was diagnosed with stage three Breast Cancer were scary and were nothing but what I call “Fear Moments”.

“Fear moments” can grab you and take hold of you and bring you in a place of darkness and despair.

Going through Chemo treatments, surgeries, doctor appointments, radiation treatments and more exhausted me! Not to mention taking care of my beautiful children and trying to put on a happy face so they would not see me in pain.

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Cancer does change you but we have the choice to get better or grow bitter. I made choice to move forward or I could have layed down and died.

Cancer can make you a stronger, sensitive, giving, appreciative, loving, and fearless person. You can have those “Fear Moments” but release them and move on. Find your divine purpose and what you are going to do with your life. I never thought I would ever say this, but cancer changed me for the good. I am blessed for so many reasons and so are you… let’s count our blessings together.

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This forum is probably closed but maybe writing will help me to deal with this. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer 4 years ago, she had treatment and very successfully beat it. Since then she has changed so much, she has became obsessed with being sick, she’s on a disability benefit and takes everything she can get from everyone she can, she’s like a leach and she tells so many lies to get people’s pity 🙁 she is so wrapped up in herself and has become so bitter that she hates to see anyone get on! She thinks the world owes her a favour and has turned into someone I don’t even know any more. It’s heartbreaking but she’s so nasty it makes it very hard to get along with her and she constantly makes excuses for letting everyone down

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I have not told my mum or sister about my cancer ( whilst I am in the UK they are in France ), it s a rare one that can be managed with medication, but it is not a cure. I have never been opened with my mum. My sister knew I had had an operation but I was still waiting for the results, I told her everything was OK, and she thinks I am back at work. It is so sad but I don`t want them to worry and them being so far….What can they possibly do, my sister worried so much with only just the operation. I know that I will eventually have to tell them and I know that it will be in a letter….But I don`t know when…. Thanks for any feed back…. 🙂

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I, too, am a cancer survivor. At least, that’s what my family says since I made it through extensive surgery last fall for ovarian cancer, then 6 months of triple doses of chemo. I remember telling my son-in-law after one of the therapy sessions that I was “becoming someone I didnt even know, and could do nothing about it”. In other words, I felt like I was loosing my old self in being very independent, and now someone whose life and health was completely dependent on others. That scared me almost as much as the thought of having cancer. I have had “fear moments”, and learned to ride them through, like everything else. I pray for others who are much worse off than me….and try to treasure each day now and not ask ‘why’ so much.

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Madonnamd

I don't fear death no more. That's a change.

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I am not the same. I am a retired educator and evangelist and when I found out about this stage 1 breast center, I fell a part after about an hour of diagnoses. I felt I had sinned against God and found myself repenting that I had cancer. However, with a very supportive and spiritual husband, I got through it all, every step. So many people told me of their experience and treatment until I was paranoid and fearful as to what was going to happen to me, a servant of God. Then, I heard the voice of the Lord say,” I am with you and they are all around you. Trust me”. I stood in awe of the all of it and it was me this time going to the furnace. Ha, ha, I call chemo “the furnace”. When my doctor explain the type I had, my head was… Read more »

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Andrea Brown

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I think cancer changes anyone who has gone through it…you can never feel as you once felt, about life and about death. For me…I was devastated and had a very hard time dealing with it all as I was going through all of it. I was also stage 3.
I am a 2-year survivor now and I think I am a stronger person, I am always going to have that one little corner of fear that my cancer may come back someday, but I learned how to deal with that fear whenever it comes over me. I am less fearful more and more everyday, and enjoy my life more and more everyday!!!!

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I feel these way right now , took me a long time to feel I can bit it and get strong emotional way.After a lot treatments and ups and downs for 6 month , I stop thinking in the next treatment, or in the next medicine , or how am i going to do to look perfect , and what would happen with my family if i die etc, it all grows and the scare change you to a your own cancer , but I FIX IT , I start thinking that I am only 29 and I can make the person I want, and cancer is allowing that happen, so I am not scare any more , I starting being that woman i wanted to be , and not the one feel sorry forherself. Nothing of these would happen , if one friend told me in my face in… Read more »

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