Blackjack, your comments are a bit of a shift from the OP--which is about
dealing with fear, which all of us experience--and some of us can be debilitated by. To your comment about
the general fear of cancer worldwide, I'd suggest it's because cancer is in many ways a generic term for a huge family of diseases--some of which are truly to be feared. Pancreatic, for example: What is the generally accepted lifespan after diagnosis? 6 months? And the surgical cure, if you can call it that, is the Whipple procedure, which only works in a small percentage of cases.
That issue is certainly real, and needs a resolution--but I don't know what it is. Encouraging education not only of patients but of doctors as well. The problem, however, is that we are dealing with a belief system: Cancer is to be feared--and realistically in many cases: Even if it appears to be cured, is it really? Not just PC, but the others as well. We know that it comes back. Sooner or later, we all have to deal with knowing that it is (or was) in our body, and it might come back. That's reality. And we really don't know if, or when, or why, or whether it will us with the short straw..or someone else.
Finding ways to deal with the fear is certainly important....and it begins, as Denis points out, by asking the basic question: What, exactly, am I afraid of? (And stating "I'm not afraid of anything" is fundamentally dishonest for virtually everyone)
Age at Diagnosis: 56
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
58.5g, G3+4, 20%, 4 quadrants involved
PSA Non-Detect since April, 2015
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