Some of you may have felt that my last column was insensitive. In that essay, I was suggesting that you might not have cancer that needed treatment, and so I didn’t pay attention to the very real fears that you have – whether or not you were seriously ill.
But I do take cancer seriously. Having had it twice, I know how bad the midnight anxiety can be;
I know that the mere word itself can send shivers through the bravest man. So let me devote a few words to those fears. Let me name some of them:
• I’m going to die.
• I’m going to be impotent.
• My wife (partner) is going to leave me.
• I’m going to be incontinent.
• I’m going to be in pain.
I’ve felt all of these fears – and more. And I’ve learned how to deal with them – at least partially.
As I suggested in last week’s essay, the first thing to do is to get a firm grip on the facts . Do you have cancer or just an elevated PSA ? Is it a serious enough cancer that you need treatment? If so, what kind of treatment do you need?
Middle-age women, beware! If you have a history of migraines, you also face the possibility of developing depression. According to MedlinePlus , a new research study out of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who had any history of migraines were approximately 40% more likely to develop depression than women who did not suffer from these types of headaches.
The researchers reviewed data from more than 36,000 women, ages 45 and older, who were part of the U.S. Women’s Health Study. These women did not have depression at the start of the study and had responded to questions about migraine history. These women were then grouped into four groups: no history of migraine; prior history of migraine; active migraine without an aura; and active migraine with aura. Of the total study population, 6,400 of the women said they had a history of migraines or were suffering from these headaches at the start of the study.
During the study’s average follow-up p...
The first time I remember having a Migraine attack was when I was six-years-old. At the time, I didn’t realize what it was. There were these spots floating around in my vision that I couldn’t see through. Then my head started hurting so badly that I began crying. Crying just made it worse. It was a summer day, and the light coming through the window in my bedroom hurt my eyes, so I closed the curtains and buried my face in my pillow. I couldn’t stay that way long because I needed to vomit. My father brought a large bowl from the kitchen so I didn’t have to get up. Vividly, I remember him wiping my face with a cold cloth and gently rubbing my back until I fell asleep. My mother had these “headaches,” too. At the age of six, I didn’t really understand them, but I knew my mother would sometimes be in bed with her headaches for days. My parents have told me that the pediatrician said I was “high-strung” and had Migraines li...
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