|Isabelle and I at the Carlsbad 5000 last weekend.|
I have no suspicious symptoms. I feel strong. I'm running 25-30 miles a week. I'm planning activities and things assuming I have a long life to live. I'm signing up for races-I signed up for the Carlsbad Half Marathon in January 2013. I'm working on my fluency in French. But just the fact that I have to go back to see Dr. P triggers a little bit of anxiety. After all, when I was diagnosed, I felt great too.
What if? What if? What if?
I can really psych myself out. Dr. P said if I have pain that doesn't go away, that's a concern. The mind is such a powerful organ. If I think about it, I can actually feel sensations that I don't think are there. I'm pretty sure its not real because if I think about it and take a few deep breaths, it goes away. I'm getting better about the paranoia. The bible study from Hebrews really helped me in this respect. One of the "take home" principles I learned was that regardless of what my circumstances may be, God has promised me many wonderful things in His Word. Eternal things. Things that will last, unlike this life. (Cancer or not.) When I start to feel anxious, I simply remember one of the many promises from the Bible. It could be "No eye has seen nor ear has heard nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9) I'm so grateful to have the Word of God!
There are a couple things I want to ask Dr. P while there. I've been taking Tamoxifen for 15 months now. He originally had said I should take it for 2 years, and then they would "see" if I am officially post-menopausal. Then they would switch me to a different medication, Arimidex, I think. I asked him why, and he said the outcomes were better. I'm wondering if we can just "see" now if I'm ready for it. I also want another Vitamin D test to see what my levels are now. I've been supplementing 6,000 IU every day, and experimenting with a liquid form. Has it made a difference?
I'm expecting a routine appointment with him asking me how I feel, if I'm going to get reconstructed. The things he asks every time. I have no reason to think otherwise. But still...I'm not really free.