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Megan
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   Posted 7/9/2017 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with mild LVH in May. My doctor wanted me to see a cardiologist, just for my piece of mind. The cardiologist didn't seem concerned whatsoever, just kept saying I'm young and healthy! I have severe anxiety which causes me to have high BP. He said get anxiety under control, and my BP will correct itself. I've been fine the last few weeks, with no worries and trying to take care of myself. My mom just got diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, which has made my anxiety sky high, obviously. I keep having heart palpitations which I'm sure is from my anxiety. But of course I'm on the edge because I think this LVH will kill me. Anybody?!?!

Megan
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   Posted 7/9/2017 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
PLEase, anyone?! I'm so scared!

straydog
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   Posted 7/9/2017 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Megan, I am sorry to read of your mom's cancer diagnosis. Please be assured if the cardiologist felt that you were in any type of danger with your heart you would have been advised of any problem immediately. You would not have been told what you were if there was a problem.

As you said yourself, you were doing fine keeping your anxiety in check & did great until you found out about your mom. Your anxiety is through the roof I am sure. This is your anxiety taking over right now. Use whatever tools you have in your toolbox to get it back under control. People are walking around with mild issues such as yours & are living life as they should be. You must remember what the cardiologist told you. I was 28 when dx'd with some heart issues & I am still going strong, I am now 64. I never let it mess up my life or prevent me from doing what I wanted, I suggest the same for you.

Take care & hang in there.
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Megan
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   Posted 7/9/2017 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your reply! I'm trying to remind myself of that! Confession time, I've been drinking to "medicate" my anxiety for a few years now. Last night was a really bad anxiety night, which meant a few beers with friends. I bet that's what's making my anxiety/heart palps worse today.

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   Posted 7/9/2017 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
yep. soz about ya mum. many healing thoughts. go with cardiologist.....they know their stuff. i reckon a support group will help. to talk about stuff, in general. there are support groups around for families and consumers...with cancer. best bet a social worker at ya local hospital or supporting medical providers.

straydog
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   Posted 7/10/2017 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Megan, I do urge you to stop the self medicating with the beer. You are in for a stressful time with your mom & she is going to need for you to be strong for her. Therefore, please take the very best care of yourself.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
Susie
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Megan
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   Posted 7/10/2017 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a long talk with my husband last night about the drinking. We both agree that it's time for me to stop. That way I'm "here" to enjoy my mom while she still has good days. And, obviously, to get my health back.

straydog
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   Posted 7/10/2017 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Megan, kudos to you for having the talk with your husband. I lost my mom to lung cancer many years ago. Her's was not caught in time & she was given 12 months to live. I brought her to live here with us to get her the best medical care possible. She opted for radiation only because she had witnessed too many of her friends doing chemo. She said no way she did not want to spend her last life sick like they were. I told her it was her decision & I would back her up 500% in her decision. She made it 11 months. I am so very happy I had her here those 11 months. Nothing can ever take those memories away. I lost my dad 18 months prior to this unexpectedly. So, you can imagine the turmoil I was in when she was diagnosed.

My purpose of telling you my story is to let you know with work & determination you will get through this. Its hard, I will not lie about that. I do not know your mom's situation at all, but use your time wisely with your mom from here on out.

Need to talk, come here. Take care.
Susie
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Megan
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   Posted 7/10/2017 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry to hear of both of your parents! Your story sounds almost too similar to mine. My Dad suffered from a massive heart attack on his 60th birthday back in April. Then Mom got her diagnosis of her cancer in June. It is stage 4, and it has metastasized to get lympnodes, and spread to her brain. They do not want to do radiation on her. Her doctors are extremely optimistic and said that the chemo is already working and shrinking. We too are on the lookout to buy a bigger house to have my parents live with us.

I need to get my anxiety under control. I know that's what's kicking my butt right now!
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