I had colon cancer--had surgery a month ago--no chemo needed--am feeling fine except for depression. Have also stopped smoking after 50 years. I should feel elated that my physical health is good--why am I depressed?
Depression could be also due to the thinking process that you currently have & could be because of the negative thoughts, try to be cheerful, talk to people you gel with, they would help you in lifting up your mental levels.
I know its easier said then done, but after going thru surgery/cancer you should be very happy not to have undergone chemo, I have been thru similar situations, but try & keep myself occupied talking to the people, browsing the net etc.
Wish you all the luck, take care!
Hello 55barbara. What you are feeling, going through is what is named "Reactive Depression" It is a form of depression which occurs after a major event in a persons life. Say a death in the family. In your case the colon cancer. Add that you stopped tobacco also plays a factor. Regards, pledge
Congratulations on beating cancer! That alone should be a mood lifter, but you are still recovering, & quitting smoking can make anyone feel a little blue, If you feel it is out of control, please talk to your doctor about this. Some depression is normal after surgery. Glad you beat the cancer tho' that is wonderful news... Mary
Hello. The depression makes total sense. Life changing events, possibility of death from cancer or surgery, loss of what you knew as life suddenly changed. Makes sense to me you are depressed.
Reactive depression is quite right. There is a grieving you are going through for the changes you have had. You faced your mortality. It wasn't what you thought. Rather like a smack in the face, isn't it?
If this starts lifting after a couple weeks, just see it for what it is. If it hangs on and starts to interfer in your life, then seek help for it. Talk to your doctors. They will totally understand it. They will have solutions.
Be sure you talk openly to others about this, as you have here. holding it in causes depression. I think you will be fine. You are reaching out already.
I just went through thyroid cancer in January. Since my diagnostic I have been really calm about it. I am close to God and know everything is in his hands. I know he won't make me go through anything I cannot handle. So I guess that's what getting me through. Going through cancer is a big thing! Maybe it is hitting you right now. You are allowed to grieve you know. It's normal to feel that and feel blue. But if you find that after thinking it through and cannot move on and feel you are having trouble with your regular life, I would seek help from your doctor. You are the only one that knows if you are feeling different than usual. Try to take one day at a time. It helps to talk to people going through the same as you, so you don't feel all alone.
I wish you all the best and take care,
ALL I CAN SAY IS GOD BLESS AND GOOD FOR YOU. Don't be Depressed, You have a second chance at life, People would sell there souls and do anything to have cancer and live. I understand you though, I had several Back surgery's and I am still depressed, Find your self a women, if u dont have 1, and deal with it a day at a time, fund a hobby, and a routine.HOPE I HELPED.
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