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4/3/2006I have been dealing with biopsies,etc. for about 3 months. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 weeks ago. Left breast only but electing prophylactic mastectomy with immediate expander reconstruction. Surgery in about 2 more weeks. I have been dealing with all of this alone. I read one of the questions about husbands. Mine seems nothing is going on also. I have major anxiety, My family lives up north and doesn't seem to take time for me except on the phone. I have alway's been the giver with 4 siblings & parents. They need something I am there. I have reached out to them and I hear.. Oh, things will be fine, your strong you'll pull through. I am so sick to my stomach and can't believe my family isn't here for me. I had 2 best friends and they passed away. I pretend around people that I am okay because when I have cryed or show any sadness. I get told to not feel sorry for myself. I cry behind closed doors. Heartless, heartless. I am not looking for pity. The worst comment was when my husband said "It's not like your going to die" I was outraged. I am on his health insurance. I am considering leaving him. I really need some "POSITIVE" support. I can't seem to shake what my family is doing. I don't want a support group. What kind of psycologist specializes in cancer patients? Sorry to vent. Thanks
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4/4/2006get the book "Breast Cancer Husband" by Marc Silver. encourage your husband to read it. you need to be going through this "together." also call the Y-ME hotline (www.y-me.org) for support for yourself...

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