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7/25/2006My wife was diagnosed with cancer and told to by her breast doctor she needed to meet with an oncologist. Prior to the meeting, she felt as though she was having a heart attack (Heart palpitations,shortness of breath, dizziness). She became quite dramatic and demanded we call emergency. The feeling quickly passed and after meeting with the oncologist, she had a light does of chemo (never lost her hair) and seemed quite normal. She did also have a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction and a tummy tuck so she looks the same. Am I being insensitive for wanting to get back to normal? It seems she wants to drag this caner thing on forever. It has been 2 years since her treatment and she gets upset anytime I even joke with her about how she acted during that time. Is this normal? She didn't even have the real chemo that makes your hair fallout so I don't understand why she is acting like this.
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7/25/2006people react in different ways to a diagnosis of breast cancer. some women with stage 0 disease behave like they are dying and others who are going to actually die act like they are going to be fine. go figure... she may need to see a therapist if she is still dwelling on her cancer diagnosis and not constructively moving on for the betterment of her emotional health.

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