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Scared and Depressed with news that I have rare deadly family cancer gene. - WorriedJohnyBoy - 04-22-2013 07:49 PM

How can you deal with life knowing you have 40 to 70% lifetime risk of
developing deadly pancreatic cancer? Genes were identified for
hereditary pancreatitis which increases risk tremendously from
developing the deadly disease. My mother passed away at 49 and
grandfather around the same age.

I've been a hypochondriac my whole life, dealing with heath anxiety
issues. Visiting the various doctor over 30 times in 4 years. I
thought I had brain/neck/lung/testicular/liver/oral/skin cancer. All
came back negative. Now the new findings literally left me on the
floor crying for hours.

I am only 30 years old with a 4 month old boy who I adore. I can stand
the thought of leaving him behind and not being able to see him grow
up. I already suffer from extreme health anxiety which with new
findings that are now leaving me in a deep depression. I find even
hard to look at him without crying.

My life is slow and boring. The thought of laying in my death bed
regretting all the things I could have been or should have done to be
happy. I never live in the moment. My life consist of sitting around
working on websites all day.

Please someone help me with tips, words of wisdom or anything! To top
it off, I have the worst insurance for mental health, which is Kaiser.
Only group therapy is offered and you're able to see counselor once
every 6 weeks Sad

Every article I read -- and I read many of them, all point to the
increased risk. It's on my mind all day and night. I cannot eat due to
my nerves. Even when I'm having a good time, it's still in back of my

You would think knowing this info would help diagnosing something
early, but it's unlikely. My dream come true would to live to be 90
like my other grandparents.Icon_e_sad

RE: Scared and Depressed with news that I have rare deadly family cancer gene. - Snooks - 04-26-2013 06:42 PM

Hello Mate Smile

Its very easy to sit here and type because im not the person affected. But too me, one thing stands out. YOU DO NOT HAVE CANCER and i think that you should remember that Smile

I understand the chances are high but mate, lets cross that bridge when it happens. Do all the smart things like eating healthy, not smoking, stuff like that and the odds are still on your side that you wont get cancer. You owe it to yourself and your family to try and enjoy life.......you have to try and keep positive.

Keep in mind that medical break throughs are happening on a day to day basis, look at the imunisation available for Ovarian Cancer.....that was unthought of evn a few years ago and now all female children in Australian Schools are immunised. There is hope.

You do need counselling and someone to discuss the problems with but Mate, there is hope and dont ever forget thatSmile