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The Aftermath of a Diagnosis: Anxiety

smiley_anxiousThe New York Times published an interesting article (Anxiety Lingers Long After Cancer) today about carees with cancer and their caregiving spouses. The study uncovered a symptom of a cancer diagnosis: Anxiety.

According to the article:

“Nearly 18 percent of patients experienced serious anxiety two to 10 years after their diagnosis, compared with about 14 percent of the general population. But in a cluster of studies that looked at couples, anxiety levels in that time frame grew to as high as 28 percent in patients and 40 percent in their spouses.”

I wonder: Does this stat resonate with you? Do you feel that anxiety has become a side effect of your caree’s diagnosis? Please share your thoughts and experiences in our comments section, below.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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  1. Profile photo of Il

    Oh my yes . . . in my post that is pending unable to rest . . .
    I already have ‘anxiety’ and hiding is a manifestation as such . .
    so yes! Especially with the visceral responses I have to my father yelling and my mom’s dementia. Yup, big time. (((hugs))) il

  2. Profile photo of ejourneys

    Actually, with me it was the other way around. I saw my partner decline a bit at a time for years, but couldn’t get a diagnosis, partly due to both her lack of insight and my lack of legal authority. When I finally got POA and — for lack of a better term — forced the issue, we went through years of testing, specialists, and preliminary diagnoses that were not definitive. When we finally got a definitive diagnosis, agreed upon by three specialists, I felt relief. Here at last was something I could point to. We still live with a tremendous amount of uncertainty, but that uncertainty now has a tighter focus and feels less to me like limbo.


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