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3/17/2015I am a week away from surgery and, in general, have a good prognosis, but I have become increasingly worried that it has grown and changed stages, even though I have been told it cannot grow or move this fast. Any tips for controlling anxiety prior to surgery? I feel like I am way in the "rabbit hole" this week.
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3/17/2015your brain will play tricks on you. it happens to most while waiting. Remember too, this cancer didn't just get there. it has been there for several years. yes, no kidding. so waiting a few weeks is really not a big deal. this has been studied too. that said, distraction is your new best friend. do not sit home waiting for your surgery. keep going to work. go to the movies in the evening. clean out a closet. go to dinner with girlfriends. and have confidence all will be well. I speak as a 2 time breast cancer survivor as well as a breast oncology specialist. L

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