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Giving Yourself Cancer
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:24:24 PM »
i was just reading some bc stories i have no business reading, make me even more scared.
i am doing therapy, etc. all that good stuff and still, have this depression, immense guilt, anger
etc. toward myself for giving myself cancer. i had a pet/ct last august and had no idea, (how dumb
i am right) just how much radiation was in that test. im so so sad. anyone else feel this way or
have been in similar situation, with their family, their children, etc. ? thanks, kristine
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 06:56:01 AM »
You seriously think they would allow such tests if they caused cancer? I doubt it very much. People would have them up in court and I am sure by law they would be forced to scrap such testing if it was that dangerous. Just your mind working over time. Try read some positive reading and feed your mind with more positive stories.
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 10:21:27 PM »
yes. they do. read others stories,
ncbi, New England journal of medicine
many many others. Our system is not
careful enough. many here struggle just
like me every day unknowingly increasing
their risks. there are financial & other reasons
for this that are also mentioned in studies.
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2014, 10:34:30 PM »
Wait do you have cancer? Or are you worried about getting cancer?
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 08:24:09 AM »
My friend (who has Crohns Disease) has had so many ct scans she cannot even count them all.  She has been having scans for ten years now and is just fine.  So are you.  Most studies you read are based on outdated data...from the survivors of that atomic bomb blasts actually since you cannot ethically irradiate people just to see if it changes their cancer risk...and that was a different type of radiation and a flawed/outdated testing system was used.  Try to relax and hang in there...your doc wants to help you, not hurt you.
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 10:21:56 AM »
thanks sj the data's pretty current.
I wish it was ok, I wish I hadn't done it.
I'm afraid of radiation induced cancer.
and I haven't felt well since I had it.
can you tell me more about the flaws in using
atomic bomb data etc? there are several prominent.
drs who believe in NLT and those studies.
I didn't know any of this Til after.
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 11:30:14 AM »
Have you been diagnosed with cancer?  If not then there is nothing to worry about.  Google is your real enemy as sensationalized stories are always what pops up first, fueling your fears.  I don't have a crystal ball and neither do you...we can't see the future...so what's the use in letting concerns about it cloud the present?  I could get run over by a car (again) tomorrow; that doesn't mean I'm afraid to cross the road.

How long ago was your scan?  If they used contrast it can sometimes make you feel icky but more likely it is your fear and anxiety making you sick.  The mind is powerful and it is possible to literally think yourself ill.

More info about studies is not what you need as all it does is up your anxiety level.  Unless you were in either Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bombs fell that data is irrelevant.  What I recommend is stepping away from the computer, reading a book or meditating or taking a hot bath, and focusing on how to best enjoy today without worrying about what might happen ten years from now. 

Good luck and hang in there!
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Re: Giving Yourself Cancer
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 03:19:34 PM »
thanks sj you are right that i can't do anything about it now.
coming here is my compromise, i try not to do any other searching.
im starting counseling week after next with someone who really gets it and
can help me with the guilt, etc. for my children of putting myself in a bad position.
that is where the reassurance/computer comes in  i guess just hoping i can make
things ok somehow. i did and don't have cancer at the moment, and my fear is
what caused that test to be ordered. i don't think i completely met the criteria for it
and then they used too much or high dose so thats why it is being investigated.
was not the right test for me but i didn't know how much rad would be used or how
dangerous it was. thanks again.
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