Mood swings and panic attacks

November 17, 2019 - 20:02


I'm 31 and just diagnosed with breast cancer last week. I'm currently waiting on further test results to stage it, etc and I'm finding that I go from being positive and calm to angry to so anxious I end up having panic attacks.

I mentioned this to my GP but she just brushed it off. I'm not sure how to deal with it and keep calm and I'm finding the waiting almost unbearable.

November 18, 2019 - 01:01


I completely understand, the waiting is so tough, you get your diagnosis and then you wait some more. I got diagnosed a month ago and I’m still waiting on more test results, still don’t have the date for my op, it’s hard. The best advice I was given by someone who was in our position a couple of years ago was to choose your “circle” wisely and lean on them, have someone to vent to. I’ve also read up so much on the diagnosis I was given and every conceivable outcome so at no point has anything been a shock. But while breast cancer is one of the more researched and curable cancers it’s still scarey so you’re allowed to have mood swings, you’re only human. I imagine if you continue to get panic attacks your GP will have to address it. Have you been given your plan yet?

November 18, 2019 - 20:59

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. It helps to know I'm not alone in experiencing this.
Not yet, my appointment is 3pm tomorrow though after I have another ultrasound to check out some things they saw on the MRI. I'm hoping I at least have some idea of a timeline tomorrow but going by your experience it may not be the case.

November 21, 2019 - 01:03

How did you get on? Was only saying I feel like this process has taken forever but in actual fact start to now has only been a couple of months. But time moves very slowly when you’re waiting. X

November 25, 2019 - 10:45

Dear pintsizebaker,

Thank you for posting, im so sorry to read of your diagnosis, it must have been a huge shock for you. It is a very difficult and worrying time when waiting for results. If you would like to have chat with a nurse or would like any support or advice, please call the Nurseline on 180020700

Kind Regards

November 25, 2019 - 21:14

Thanks. So I'm waiting on a PET CT scan to confirm but it seems like it's stage 1 grade 3 triple negative breast cancer. As a result my oncologist is very anxious to get started with treatment and I'm now facing a decision about whether to delay starting treatment for a few weeks to do egg harvesting or not. My oncologist has made it clear she would prefer not to delay if we can help it but will if I feel strongly about it.

How are you getting on?

November 26, 2019 - 13:26

More decisions for you, tough trying to think straight through this. Women are strong though, we get through a lot.
I just got my date, December 5th, in for 2-3 nights, mastectomy and reconstruction, hasn’t spread so no other treatment needed. Will get the other reduced a few months later so I’ll look even.
Thinking of you. X

November 28, 2019 - 11:33

Best of luck with your op. I'm sure it'll all be fine. Great news that you don't need further treatment. I'm so pleased to hear that.

I've decided not to delay treatment so no egg harvest. I'm happy to take the chance with it. Should be starting chemo next week. Will be thinking of you too. x