Depression

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Hi. I've had lumpectomy and all is good with cancer. I've had knee replacement surgery. Now I'm just a ball of anxiety and depression. Just can't gat going again

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  • Hi  sorry to read about your battle with anxiety and depression...... these 'in between the ears battles' can be hard to fight...... especially if you are dealing with all this on your own....... even surrounded by family and friends.

    I have been on my rare, incurable blood cancer journey for over 25 years and I have to admit that anxiety and depression were not something I had to deal with that much..... or if they did come along, as a family we dealt with them quickly as 25 years is a long time to have to deal with anxiety and depression...... as well as navigating some very challenging treatments over the years.

    Most likely our Scottish (Highlands) grit....... deal with stuff head on and not let things get us down was an advantage.

    But I will say that at times when things became very challenging between late 2013 through to late 2016..... talking helped.

    Obviously this community can help but actually 'talking'...... actually talking can at times be even more effective. We have a few trusted friends (not family) who we were able to mind dump and clear the brain...... they did not necessarily have answers..... but boy they were good listeners.

    We also made use of specialist support when required where we could talking to people face to face so do check to see if you have any Local Macmillan Support in your area, do also check for a local Maggie's Centre as these folks are amazing.

    Macmillan have a Telephone Buddy Service where you can be matched with someone who understands what you're going through, and they'll give you a weekly call.

    Macmillan have also teamed up with BUPA to offer up to 6 free counselling sessions for people struggling emotionally because they are living with cancer. Clicking on the link will give you more information about this.

    Always around to chat.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

    It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

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