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Friday, July 19, 2019

I read in the New York Times that when people are waiting for the results of biopsies, their levels of stress hormone are as high as levels on receiving a bad diagnosis. The article said it’s hard for people to wait for up to a week, and it’s bad for their health. As a result of unavoidable circumstances, I’ve got my good result after 3.5 weeks.

The symptom I had by itself was rather trivial, but I learnt that I should do something and I didn’t. It was an embarrassing symptom so I stuck my head in the sand for a long time. Now I realize that the energy used to put my head in the sand was enormous - much greater than was needed to sort it out.

The problem was picked up on an annual work health check which we are forced to have in Japan. If it hadn’t been picked up, I wonder how long I would have continued to procrastinate. The literal translation of what the doctor said was one stage before cancer.

I’ve learnt so many other valuable lessons as well from this experience, but this is enough for now. I’m going to take a nap!
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    I am so glad that you got a good result.
    Sticking my head in the sand here too. It's time I took action.
    Thanks for posting this. Somebody kick me, please :)
    185 days ago
    So so so relieved for you to hear your good news.

    And so glad your enlightened employer requires the regular health checks.

    But please don't berate yourself for having been embarrassed . . . you're human and I am sure most of us have postponed testing when the presenting symptom was embarrassing.

    Stress from waiting . . . is absolutely huge.
    186 days ago
    Lots of problems here, and I missed some of your blogs. Sorry I was not here to support you, but I am very glad that your health problems were less serious than you worried. Try to add more fibre and potassium to your diet, even if it means eating out more.
    187 days ago
    Great news!
    187 days ago
    Yay! I'm so glad! Enjoy your liberation from worry!

    187 days ago
    So happy to hear you got good news and have learned some valuable lessons in the process. I don't know, the wait is tough. I know it is not healthy to worry. I know it elevates stress levels. I know elevated stress levels do not support my health. And, sometimes, it is just tough, tough, tough to set the concern aside.

    May you wake from the nap refreshed and relieved. emoticon

    187 days ago
    Wow! That mandatory health check was a blessing for you! Glad the news was good news. PHEW
    187 days ago
    Oh girlfriend - thank goodness for that mandatory health screening. Whew. I'm so glad to hear the good news ... so glad you can look forward to holding that grandbaby a looooooooong time!

    There's such a big smile on my face right now.
    188 days ago
    So happy for you!
    188 days ago
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    After an excessively long and stressful wait for results, you got good news!! emoticon THAT is wonderful and you can now breathe without that gray cloud over your head and forever disturbing your thoughts!
    188 days ago
    I wish I had some good words about worry, but I do it, too.
    188 days ago
    I'm happy to read you got your results back and it was good news! Worry is such a waste of valuable time and yet so hard to avoid. Funny how things have a way of working themselves out! I don't believe in "chance". It all happens for a reason. Enjoy your nap and then get on with living your best, blessed life!
    188 days ago
    It's always the way Margaret, you talk yourself out of going to get something checked because of embarrassment when., let's face it, the docs have seen and heard it ALL.................and OMG the time wasted letting thoughts go into overdrive emoticon

    I think we all do it.

    Glad you had some good can breathe again now! emoticon emoticon
    188 days ago
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