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10/25/2016How does one survive waiting for breast cancer surgery without going completely nuts? I am 38, diagnosed with stage 1 IDC, ER/PR+ Her2-, less than 2 weeks ago. I'm waiting on MRI results, and am having a lot of anxiety waiting for the phone to ring. There's been too much waiting for the phone to ring. Lumpectomy is scheduled for 11/4. They tell me that it's not going to grow that fast and that it's been caught super early, but I can't help but imagine it growing out of control. Or having the surgery delayed for some reason, giving it more time to grow. The lump has also been tender ever since biopsy (two weeks ago), so it's a constant reminder of having cancer.
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10/27/2016You are certainly not alone in your emotions, and waiting can be the most difficult part of the journey. Perhaps try some stress reduction measures such as yoga, mindfulness meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture, prayer, walking and others. Could also contact you PCP for a mild anti anxiety medication to help you through this difficult time.

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