Aug 19, 2005 - 4:05 pm
I am 45. When I was 19 I had Hodgkin's Disease. I had a spleenectomy and radiation treatments. Last year I found out that I had Breast and Thyroid cancer. They are both a long-term side effect of the radiation. I had a bi-lateral mastectomy, a thryoidectomy and 6 mos of chemo.I lost my breasts, lost my hair and gained a lot of weight. I had a ton of support, my husband went to EVERY appointment with me, and my friends and family were great! I stayed strong mentally and physically through all of the surgeries and treatments, but now, a year later, I'm a wreck. All I think about is the cancer coming back. I wake up everyday and think my days are numbered. I've cried more in the past 6 months than I did during all of my treatment. What is wrong with me? I am happy to be alive, married 23 years, two great kids, and I am so depressed. Does this happen to others after treatment?