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Re: life after breast cancer
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I understand how you feel. I sometimes feel the same way on and off, but my support system of friends and activities helps me get through. I was diagnosed in 2003, had a very big tumor in one breast, a very small tumor in the other, and 6 lymph nodes were affected on one side. After a double-mast, chemo and radiation it took a long time for me to feel good about day-to-day life. Working helped me because it gave me money and insurance (which I truly needed), but it also took me away from my worries because it kept my mind busy. I wanted to do a good job, and I liked my co-workers, but honestly I was usually very tired when I came home. But it was so worth it. Many years later, I am now retired, and I need to do things so I won't focus on cancer. I need structure. I don't watch TV during the day. I joined a daytime book club, walk more, spend time with my current friends and reconnected with people who want to get out a bit more too. I wish I could volunteer on a regular basis, even part-time. That would be good, but I don't have consistent energy, so I try to help out now and then in local fundraisers for charity etc. This is a long post just to describe what works for me. If you can find a support group, that also would be an excellent thing.
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