May 05, 2010 - 4:57 pm
Quick background: I am a 62 year old male 18 year synovial sarcoma survivor. The tumor appeared under my left arm and grew to 10cm before they could stop the growth with radiation. Due to the size of the tumor I was given a 10% chance of surviving. The cancer cost me my left arm at the shoulder, but thanks be to God they got it all.
I am in a discussion group, not cancer related, and the topic today was "Worrying". The instructor made the comment that it's ok to worry, but the "normal" person (whatever normal is), does not carry it on much more than a few hours. I disagreed. I said that after my cancer was removed I was somewhat worry free every 5 months and 3 weeks. But that one week between the CT Scan, Bone Scan & blood work I was a basket case the whole week. I was told that this was an abnormal behavior, and that I should have "let it go" after 5 - 6 hours. The argument was that worrying isn't going to change the outcome anyway.
I'm curious to know how you felt while waiting for results. Were you able to put it out of your mind after a few hours? I said that it's human behavior to worry excessively when it's life threatening. Your comments are appreciated. Thanks.