The scourge of housemaid's knee
May 23, 2011 1:16 PM Subscribe
When a cancer diagnosis hits close to home, how do you avoid hypochondria yourself?
My younger sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is having treatment.
I've never had cancer and have no reason to think I do now, but I've scheduled a mammogram and will find a doctor to query about any other tests I need to think about.
My sister was told that the variant of cancer she has (I don't know the details – she's on another continent) tends to run strongly in families: they asked her if our mother had had it (she didn't; our paternal grandmother, however, died of it many years ago, long before modern treatments – we never met her).
My question is perhaps a tad silly: now that I know about this heightened risk, how do I avoid paranoia myself? My sister's diagnosis began with a pain in her shoulder: how do I keep any little stray ache or pain making me think I've got it?
If you had a cancer diagnosis in your family, how did you cope with this psychological rebound on yourself?