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The Waiting is the Hardest Part.

Breast Cancer Treatment is no picnic. The fatigue and side effects can be overwhelming. It is draining to spend an entire day getting chemo or having to face radiation five days a week. I can remember like it wasyesterday. However, treatment didn’t send me into a tailspin. Tests did.

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Breast Cancer Treatment

Tests looming everywhere you look. Breast Cancer screening tests and breast cancer diagnosis tests, are never ending. Tests to see if you have cancer, to see if it has spread, to see if it came back, to see if you have a side effect from the treatment, to confirm that the treatment is working, and the list goes on. The thought of tests plagued me day and night.

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Blood tests
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Was it the actual test that sent me teetering on the edge? Not really. Most of the tests were blood tests and I can handle that. I am no fan of MRI’s and the like, but those were rare for me. No, it was the waiting. The test is to see if my cancer has returned, and I sometimes had to wait a solid week! Even a few days is too long. It’s pure torture and it has always been an issue for me.

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Unfortunately, there is no way we can speed up these tests. I do want an accurate result. So what can we do to make the waiting go by with less worry and angst? I have made a list of 39 things to do, instead of worry, while waiting for test results.

1. Phone a friend

2. Take a nap

3. Bake Cookies

4. Play a board game with your kids or significant other

5. Take a bath

6. Do Yoga

7. Spend time on a hobby

8. Buy yourself a “power” outfit

9. Plan a trip

10. Read a book

11. Make love

12. Take a nature walk

13. Work in your garden

14. Have a spa day

15. Get your nails done

16. Window Shop

17. Go out to lunch or dinner

18. Go to a movie

19. Binge watch a new show on Netflix

20. Walk your dog (or play with your cat)

21. Get an ice cream

22. Organize your desk or one room that really needs it

23. Clean anything (this is one of my favorites)

24. Listen to the ocean

25. Watch a sunset (or a sunrise if you are up anyway)

26. Paint a small room a color that makes you happy

27. Do a jigsaw puzzle

28. Go Kayaking or canoeing

29. Meditate

30. Go to the gym

31. Ride a bike

32. Change the spread or comforter on your bed

33. Buy something seasonal to hang on your front door

34. Wash your car

35. Go to church

36. Buy a new hat

37. Do breathing exercises

38. Get a spray tan or use self-tanner

39. Pray

There you go! 39 ways to distract yourself while you wait for test results. I have done every one of these while waiting for test results. Depending on the test, I may have done more than one.

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“Let’s not worry until we have something to worry about”

My dad used to say, “Let’s not worry until we have something to worry about”. It makes sense, but it is not easy to do. So I will keep that quote in mind, while I keep myself busy. You still have to wait, but keeping your mind busy will make the time go by faster.

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This is not an exhaustive list. What are some things you do to distract yourself while waiting for test results?

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