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Worry- Give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles.
Worry is an emotion I don’t relate to well and that is most likely rooted in my childhood experiences. For most of us, our past experiences color our future choices and I am no exception to this thought. My childhood was difficult and worry wasn’t an option. Self-protecting action was the option of choice for survival. Now as an adult, my life is more peaceful, however the natural instinct to self-protect is strong and my protection radius has increased over the years to include family and friends, the community at large and now, even my Inflammatory Breast Cancer Sisters.
One reason I avoid worry is simple. Worry seems to always have its best friend nearby, Fear, and I really hate fear. Fear is something that locks me up, makes me not breathe, not think and puts me in a mental prison. “Game over” as my kids say. I opt for an emotion I think is healthier than worry, it is anxiety. Now I think anxiety is a misunderstood word often used interchangeably with worry or fear, but it is not the same.
Anxiety-Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when you feel threatened.
I do feel threatened. I have a diagnosis in my life of Inflammatory Breast Cancer, IBC, the most fatal of all the breast cancers. Currently I am NED, no evidence of disease, but that is not a cure, and my cancer is in hiding, sleeping, waiting. How long it will sleep, who knows? The numbers on IBC are not my friend, but rather than let worry go to fear and fear led to a mental death that would steal my todays and tomorrows, even though to an outsider I might look alive, I will tap into my anxiety, and see my cancer as the threat it is, a nearby danger and fight it.
Solution -A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation
Please help me, and see cancer for the dangerous disease it is and let’s do something about it. I am funding research for IBC. So before you move on to the activities of your day, take a minute, donate a few bucks and give some protection to women in the greatest need, many much deeper in the fight than me, whose hopes are lifted in your donation to research.
Hope always, Terry