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May 23, 2011 1:16 PM Subscribe
When a cancer diagnosis hits close to home, how do you avoid hypochondria yourself?
posted by zadcat to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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?