Hi Soda ... Hope you're not beating yourself up over being exhausted or blue -- bladder cancer takes a toll on us. The trick is to not let it get the best of you. Let yourself have the occasional bad day -- that's okay. But try to get up each morning believing you're going to beat this thing. And really believe it. I'm into my 3rd year since my RC/neobladder surgery -- life has never been so sweet !!
"Everything will be okay in the end.
If it's not okay -- it's not the end."
I too have struggled emotionally with this bladder cancer. Fortunately my dr has prescribed an antidepressant, and also an anxiety med to take befor tests, when I can't sleep. etc. I also have a clinical social worker who focus's in helping oncology patients. My faith is strong, too.
There is no shame in getting support in the form of meds, counselling or what it takes to get thru. God Blsss, you are in my prayers, Holly
Hey Sodacat, I and many others on this forum understand and know the difficulties you are experiencing. Depression with its associated symptoms of lethargy can greatly impact all aspects of your day to day life.
Bladder cancer dx is exhausting and will affect you and your loved ones and bring with it a significant life change and new challenges for you all to deal with.
My days are unpredictable, I feel I am on an emotional roller coaster and can't get off!!! I have good and bad days and in time you will make adjustment and learn new coping methods with the wait periods and other issues of BC.
Just don't expect too much from yourself too soon.
I experienced a depression to the point of total paralysis between chemo cycles soon after my dx. I am one who does not take an aspirin happily but had to break down and seek help. I am grateful to this day that I was able to use a short course of an antidepressant and anti anxiety drug to make it out of that black hole. I personally believe that part of treatment for all cancer patients should be to have a therapist to talk to experienced in Oncology and its physiology. We are going though so much and have a lot to wrap our minds around. Take to you doctor about it and see if they can suggest something to help you.
Chin up and straight forward
T2 g3 CIS 8/04
Chemotherapy & Radiation 10/04-12/04
RC w/umbilical Indiana pouch 5/06
Left Nephrectomy 1/09
President American Bladder Cancer Society