I mentioned in a post earlier this week that life has pretty much gotten back to normal, as normal as it can be right now. I was talking to one of my best friends about this yesterday when I casually mentioned that my mastectomy was only two weeks away. And my throat tightened up. Tears filled my eyes. “Oh my God, I think it just hit me. My surgery is only two weeks away.”
It’s so close yet so far away. I definitely want this cancer out of my body, STAT! But I don’t feel ready to go through this process of major surgery and change in my body. I’m actually terrified. I ended up making an appointment with my surgeon to discuss my fears and to have her explain in detail what she will be doing in the surgery and what I can expect afterwards. I’m not very clear on this. I usually handle stress and fear better when I am informed and educated. So hopefully this talk with her will help.
In any case, does anyone have any good techniques for handling the stress and fear (that doesn’t include drugs but could include chocolate)?