Early waking

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My body’s reaction to stress is to be wide awake (even when shattered) at 4am. This does not combine well with teaching, or anything really!

Anyone else in the same boat? I’m newly diagnosed, MRI booked for tomorrow, results on the 28th.

Cancer is triple negative but they think small and grade 2. Not sure of stage yet.

  • Hi Louise 21

    Welcome to the forum and sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Sounds like they caught it early. I was diagnosed with triple negative over two years ago and I am currently in remission. Mine was caught early and I had an almost complete response to chemo. I you’d like to know about my journey click on my name to read about it.

    Wishing you the best of luck with your treatment.

    Best wishes


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  • That’s really encouraging to hear, I’m hoping I’m going to be in the same boat. A couple of things I read panicked me to be honest! And I found myself emailing my boss about something random at half four this morning Face palm tone1

  • Well today’s excitement was walking at half 3 then teaching all day! I’m clinging on by my fingertips until the end of term. Two more get ups.

  • Hi Louise,

    That early morning waking is the worst. Have you thought of putting a meditation on when you wake? The Calm App has some great ones! I use them if I waken and they ALWAYS send me back to sleep.

    I hope the results of your scan were manageable. I know i was anxious awaiting my results - they showed a 16mmx16mm triple negative grade 3 breast cancer. It has however responded well to the two cycles so far of EC chemo and last week’s scan showed it as 12mmx7mm.

    Wishing you well,


  • Hi Louise, sorry to be late responding to your post. I‘m in a boat similar to yours, I started chemo (EC) a few days ago after a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. I too wake in the middle of the night but have discovered that listening to a radio comedy show like The Unbelievable Truth or anything by John Finnemore is a terrific distraction from the whirring thoughts in my head. I play them on the tablet of phone and set it to switch off after 30 minutes. Very often I don’t hear more than the first 10 minutes as I fall asleep. They make me laugh so even if I stay awake I’m relatively content. You can download some from the Sounds app. or get them as mp3s from non-BBC websites. Hope things are improving for you now, best wishes, Chyebren