Hi, Holley. I'm so sorry you've had to join this group, but if you have to be a part, this is a great group of ladies to be with. Cancer is scarey. I was 36 at dx, had a mastectomy and 3/13 nodes positive. I went through chemo for 6 months. And I'm happy to say I've been "no evidence of disease" (NED, we call it) for 12 years.
I'll be honest here. No, your family probably doesn't understand. And friends won't, either. And no, they are not just being nice. They are trying hard to be strong and supportive and positive. But inside, they are just as scared as you are...if not more! And they are probably not used to seeing you scared and vulnerable.
When I was diagnosed, I didn't know anyone else my age who had cancer. I felt very alone. How I wish I'd had the internet back then, and this board. So visit often. We've all been through what you're going through, and we're here to help, if we can.
May I ask why you had to quit your job?
Hang in there, Holley. This is a bummer, for sure, and while it may seem like the end of the world right now, life does go on. And life is good!
Hugs to a new friend...
Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. -Charles Schulz