April 4th, 2016
| Survivor: Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor
Anxiety. The word alone can cause, well, anxiety. It can be brought on from everyday living, but a life changing event, like cancer, can tip one over. This is a difficult and sensitive subject to deal with, let alone open up to. Read more below.
Some are willing to talk about anxiety while others are not, remaining hidden beneath their fears and the torture of it. When my molar pregnancy disease progressed to aggressive malignant cancer choriocarcinoma, my anxiety was at its highest. A molar pregnancy is rare, and threatens the life of a child. In my case, this affected the twins I was expecting and in turn led to me getting cancer.
What is anxiety? Plainly put, it is stress, but it goes much deeper for many people; it can be internal fear, affecting everyday life, minute to minute, hour to hour. Typical signs are irregular heart palpitations, sweating, tightening chest, adrenaline rush, extreme fear, rapid breathing, lightheadedness, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, and lack of concentration. Some other symptoms can be excessive fear, trouble sleeping or relaxing, and body trembling as if freezing cold, and rapid or pounding heart. Anxiety can rip one apart from everyday life, family, and activities, swirling into a deeper, vicious cycle.
What can be done? Well, everyone has different stress levels and weaknesses, and sometimes treatment will need to reflect those differences. The best advice is to TRY to prevent anxiety BEFORE it comes on too hard. The tricky part about this is it's easier said than done. Here are some tips that I learned first-hand when I had to deal with anxiety in my cancer journey.
When I feel anxiety coming on, I use mental mind-play.
I take action.
I seek help.
What are some things you do when you feel anxiety creeping in? Share in the comments below!
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