Hello Pam! Big hugs to you today. I know that you are feeling very frightened, confused, angry and every other emotion that one can imagine. That is normal. Trust us when we say that you will run the gambit of all emotions during this journey. The ladies have given you some very great advice. Write down all of the questions that you might have (no matter how silly or small they may seem) and take them w/ you to your appt. The tape recorder is one of the best ideas. You will be given so much info and, as each of us can attest, you will remember little of what you are told. The most important thing is to take one or two people w/ you that you are comfortable around and that you can talk to later. They will be able to remember more of what is said than you.
This next week will probably be one of the longest weeks of your life. You will be given lots of information to read. Dr. Love's book is the best. I found that if I kept busy that I was able to keep the fact that I had been told I had bc in the back of my mind. Do some retail therapy! Also, watch tv shows and/or movies that are funny. Laughter is a great healer and stress reliever.
Allow yourself to yell, cry, scream, etc. But also allow yourself the luxury of time to yourself. The phone calls and visits from friends may be overwhelming at times. Don't be afraid to tell people that you don't feel like talking or that you are tired. Remember, this is about YOU, not them.
Keep coming here. We will be here to hold your hand and give you lots of hugs and support.
Prayers and love...Deb