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Guilt for not having chemo/radiation

Hi, I'm Deborah

I was diagnosed with breast cancer August 2016. It was in early stage, but had satellite regions, so I opted for bilateral mastectomy (partly due to high risk cancer in family since six of nine family members have had some form of cancer). After surgery and reconstruction, I am taking Femara. I did not have chemo or radiation. Because if this, I don’t feel like I belong in the same category as those who had to endure treatment. They experienced a whole different level of suffering. I don’t feel comfortable saying I am in remission since I didn’t have chemo or radiation. Has anyone else ever felt this way? Also, I sometimes feel like I have PTSD because I prefer to go on as if it never happened and when someone mentions it I feel like it takes me back to 2016 and anxiety sets in. Anyone ever experience this?

  • Post #1
  • Thu Feb 13, 2020
Hi, I'm Anna J B.

Yes I didn’t have to have anything done after surgery. I don’t say I’m in remission I say I’ve been cancer free. When I see what others have went through I feel I am so blessed and like I shouldn’t be in this group but I know there were a lot of prayers for me and I thank God for all my blessings. There’s a reason for the things God does. He has a p plan for us.

  • Post #2
  • Fri Feb 14, 2020

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