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My thoughts was posted 07/01/2009 07:48 am by DD
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Please, don't be too scared to get help. You are one of the lucky ones - a survivor - and yes it is common and normal to feel depressed after something of this magnitude so you're not alone!!

Maybe there is a counsellor in your area or maybe your doctor (oncologist or someone) has some resources they can refer you to. Some therapists specialize in cancer and post-cancer patients. I wish every oncologist gave their patients a list of phone numbers for therapists because depression is so common...also medications can play a role too so ask about that. I bet just talking out all of your fears to someone who isn't involved with you personally will be a great help and then you can go from there!

The surgery gave you a second shot at life and so please get help and don't spend your 'second chance' in this dark place.

P.S. Also talk to your normal doc and get the medical causes for depression ruled out, thyroid tests especially and other things like vitamin deficiency or anemia! I went to a therapist for a while and started antidepressants (bad results for me) - but turns out it was a thyroid problem all along...with thyroid treatment I've returned back to the land of the living! Thank goodness I went in for help and got my life back. I hope the same happens for you.

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