Breast cancer fear is one of the most mentally, emotionally and physically draining experience women can have. There are many women who have an ultrasound, mammography, and breast biopsy procedure every day. This is something everyone fears doing but must be done, as a preventive measure.
In 2016, I went to have my annual mammography they located 4 different areas that looked suspicious on my right breast. They pointed out these dark oval shapes, and as I looked on, my doctor proceeded to tell me that I needed a breast biopsy procedure.
Both the doctor and the technician awaited my response. The fear of breast cancer made me feel numb and detached from what was happening around me. It was as if I was a robot, and I mechanically answered that I would schedule it ASAP.
All I could think of was “do I have breast cancer?” I am generally an optimistic person, but I felt anxiety and fear.
Breast Biopsy Procedure – Dealing with the Fear
After processing the fact that I needed a breast biopsy procedure, sadness overcame me. I cried quietly and asked, My God, “do I have breast cancer?” I cried, not so much for myself, but for those that I would leave behind if I should die. How would I tell my family about this my breast cancer fear?
Many women have these same thoughts as they go through this difficult time in their life, they begin to wonder about all the wonderful moments they would miss. Like their children’s graduations, high school prom, weddings, grandkids, etc… I too went through a long list of things that I have yet to fulfill. Goes to show you how we share so many of the same fears and worries.
Facing this breast cancer fear is one of the most difficult things you can do, but the good news is you are not alone and there are many cancer treatments and resources that are available. I soon became strong and told myself that I would be ok. I thought about the first time I had a biopsy in 2009. Thank God it was benign, so I kept telling myself that it would be the same this time.
Conquering Breast Cancer Fear
I realized that there are so many people like me out there! Many with their own stories and frightening moments. There is hope and I did not feel alone anymore. I felt a camaraderie with them all and silently prayed for their healing. We are not alone and we can help each other!
When you experiencing the fear of cancer, it is important to get the support of other people who have experienced the same. It is also important to have the support of your family and friends. It is not an easy conversation to bring up, but it is essential to get their support to get you through this cancer scare.
My family and friends were supportive and kept telling me “You’re worrying for nothing!” “You will be ok!” I appreciated their kinds words, but I still felt anxiety about the breast biopsy procedure. I think many will agree that the waiting is really difficult. First, you wait for the biopsy and then you wait again for the biopsy results. There is so much anxiety and stress. I guess having a cancer scare can do that to you.
Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment
One of the best things women can do when she has to deal with the fear of cancer is to do research. It will help you deal better with your cancer fear and help you become more informed. Being informed will help you make wise decisions about your health and treatment if you need it.
So, I decided to ease my fears by preparing. I have always been a person who likes to prepare for the “just in case moments.” So I felt I needed to take control of what I could, and began my research. I am promoting holistic remedies for anxiety, and now I will take this knowledge along with my cancer research to become an informed individual. Perhaps my research can help others who are presently going through the same breast cancer fear. They say that “knowledge is power,” so I will be more knowledgeable and prepared regardless of the outcome. So will you!
Here are some helpful breast cancer preventive and treatment resources:
By becoming more informed I felt more empowered over my health. At this time, I really do not know the outcome of my biopsy, but I feel better knowing that I am not alone and tons of support out there. It is also comforting in knowing that women with breast cancer have many treatment options available. There is much hope.