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Anxiety Persists

Posted 7/13/2013

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  Maybe it is a good thing that this working remotely has been so frustrating. It has taken me almost 40 minutes to get to this point (that is, having the system work well enough that I can start to type), and I have calmed myself by remembering this is the last entry that must be  done this way. Home tomorrow. I am not happy about leaving this beloved spot for any other reason, but it will be nice not t have to struggle each day with this.

  Some of you may recall my writing some weeks ago about a Danish study (if I were writing from home, I would give you the link to that blog, but I just don't have it in me to fight the system to make that happen) that indicated that, two years or so after a breast cancer diagnosis, women were no more depressed than women in the general population-but that anxiety persisted for a very long time for them and for their spouses/partners.

  A few days after that study came out, I was called by Jan Hoffman, a New York Times reporter, who was writing a story about it and hoping for links to a few women to interview. That I could do, and two are quoted in this excellent story. Do take a few minutes to read it; you will feel understood and reinforced.

 Anxiety Lingers Long After Cancer

From the shock of the cancer diagnosis onward, depression can take its well-documented toll on patients. Even patients who appear to pack away their fears during the grinding treatment journey to becoming cancer-free concede that when the regimen ends, they unspool emotionally.

There has been less attention paid to the disease’s emotional impact on spouses. They, too, can become depressed.

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