Posted on January 24, 2011, under Cancer.
GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER: COMMON REACTIONSWe typically have a dominant reaction in one of four dimensions: Physical, Intellectual, Emotional or Spiritual. Most of the time these aspects of ourselves are in balance for the life we want to live. During cancer treatment, all of these factors will be changed depending on the particular aspect of the treatment, and over which we sometimes have little or no control. No one knows how they will react when the diagnosis is made; regrettably there is no magic formula we can share with you. We can, however, give you some insights that may lessen the impact of the more ‘overwhelming’ reactions.I ended up having counseling to help deal with a lot of personality problems that were really detrimental to my health. I used to suffer from depression and felt unworthy. Counseling helped me deal with that. Seline
I was in a state of denial about my psychological reactions to the cancer for a long time, although at the time I did not realize it. On discharge from hospital I embarked on a major community project. This urge ‘to save the world’ was a stupid thing to do at that time, as it depleted my emotional and physical resources and slowed my return to sound health. I now realize it was an abnormal need to have others see me as fit, well and professionally capable – as if nothing had ever happened! Had I put myself first, and restored ME, I am sure my recovery would have been a lot quicker. My advice to others is ‘self first’ and only when fully recovered THEN go and save the world! Clara
It is a time when it is necessary for you or your carer to have acute awareness of any changes from your (or your carer/partner’s) ‘usual’ way of thinking and reacting, and acceptance of these as ‘normal’. And to also have the courage to suggest counseling if your reactions persist or plunge you into depression or extreme anxiety. If you are a naturally anxious personality type, any life change event can cause psychological turmoil. In this case it just happens to be cancer which triggers it.*50/144/5*