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First, donít beat yourself up about what you did not or did not do. That is wasted energy on something you cannot change. The hard part is waiting for test results, appointments, etc. Once you meet with your team of doctors and you set up a plan with them, believe me, you will feel better. It is the unknown that is the scariest. Having someone at your appointments is a big help. For me, a lot of what I heard was blah, blah, blah. Thankfully my husband was there taking notes and asking questions. No matter what question you ask, the doctors have heard it before. Most of all, donít allow your mind to go to the dark place. Keep active and stay positive. My oncologist started with ďAll cancer is treatable. Breast cancer is curable.Ē I hung onto those words, and pass them along when I can. Other advice I got from my radiologist was to stay off the internet. Googling breast cancer will not give you specifics to your situation. It will only scare you more than you already are.
What helped me the most is my team of doctors all came from the same breast wellness center and they all knew what the others were doing. They made me feel like I was the only person on the planet with breast cancer. If you donít love your doctors, trust your doctors, or have them available when you need them, find other doctors. They must listen to you, make you feel comfortable, and take whatever time you need in their office.
Keep us updated and good luck. You can do it.