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Hi, I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer but am waiting for results from biopsies and CT scan. Am really worried and can't sleep.

  • Hi Berry55,

    I had a lumpectomy just over a month ago and two lymph nodes removed, I am now awaiting radiotherapy. It is a shock when you are told and it is important you take a bit of time to let it register and sink in.

    You have made the first big step by finding the Macmillan site, also do visit your nearest Macmillan centre, a list is on here, or ring them on 0808 808 0000, they are superbly helpful and give you lots of great info, do walks, talks and lots more. Please also get a good support structure in place, family, friends, good work colleagues, I’ve lived on my own for nigh on forty years, but realised you can’t do this on your own. I also go for a short walk every day (British weather permitting) and do a daily diary, this is mega helpful, as it gets everything off your chest and out of your system. It is important during the day to keep yourself occupied, hobbies, interests etc.,it stops you from dwelling on what is going on. You ay also find it beneficial to listen to a meditation podcast, they really help you to relax especially when you are trying to get to sleep. I use one called ‘Go Gently’ by Christine Elizabeth Smith, it does a lot for me.

    I know it’s hard sometimes, but try and keep as positive as possible can, have positive people around you and dump the negativity, above all, be kind to yourself - I promise you, you will get through this. You are never alone and can always come and chat to us shower in here.

    Take care and big hugs.xxx

  • Thank you for your reply. I have been in shock and struggling to know what to do. Will follow up on your suggestions. 

  • Hi Sorry you find  yourself here..... any consolation there are now 1 in 2 people with cancer.  

    The best advice I can give is to keep yourself busy, keep your interests going to the fullest...... i.e. I had been planning backpacking  in Italy around historical sites - at the age of 70 - so I took these very well researched tours with me into scans etc.  Just had my op last night - lumpectomy and lymph nodes removed - and I kept busy all week so that I didn't have to think about the op at all.

    I was diagnosed last August and have had 5 months of chemo of various sorts.  Keep yourself busy, read, watch videos learn a new subject you have always wanted to do.

    Also Metatonin is good to relax, try the natural remedies.

    Best of luck, maybe all will be well with the results.

    hugs  Anji