Potential IBC

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Hey all, hope you are doing OK. I'm so worried I have IBC. I have had a red rash around one boob for over a month which doesn't seem to be getting better. I'm waiting on my GP to contact me regarding an appointment but my anxiety is at record high levels. I can't concentrate at work or home and I just have this fear. I'm only 27 and have no history of cancer in my family but looking at some of the symptoms for IBC online is pushing me towards believing that's what it is. I know its going to be a long journey ahead if diagnosed and could really do with someone to talk to about it. My family are dismissive of my concerns because I haven't yet been diagnosed so feel as if I have nobody to talk to about this. I do have a negative outlook on life in general which exasperates my anxiety. 

  • Hi Kapow,

    Sorry you are feeling this way, and yes any changes is a concern and you are right in contacting your GP. Unfortunately the waiting bit is the most anxious time for everyone and a long process throughout, ie waiting for appointments, waiting for tests, waiting for the results, waiting for treatment plan ect. Share these concerns with the GP they may refer you to breast care unit for tests, usually mamagram and possible biopsy. But again these all take time and the waiting will drive you nuts. For now try to keep yourself busy, practice some relaxation techniques and try not to over think every thing easier said than done I know. Remember Treatment for BC has advanced over the years and most are curable yes the road is a hard one but it’s doable. Be kind to yourself and there is always the possibility that it isn’t what you think it is.

    I hope it isn’t for you, but if it is we are all here to support and offer advice, as you face each stage. 
    Good luck and take care Heart