It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day on the 1st March, and I wanted to speak to you today about handling your fear of going to the Doctor.
We all know that we need to keep on top of checking for things – looking for lumps and bumps and noticing when things just don’t feel…. normal. But how many times have you sat with a friend over coffee, and heard them say ‘well i am a little bit worried about such and such but i am too scared to go to the Doctor. I would go as far as to say that we have all been there… we know that we need to do something about it, but deep down we are scared that it’s cancer.
I do understand how scary it can be, and I am certainly not here to pretend like this has never happened in my world, neither am I going to tell you that you must pull yourself together and get straight to the Doctor, or start spouting the statistics related to cancer to you…. but I am going to give you some tips on how to handle your fear of going to the Doctor, so that if that is what is stopping you then you can swiftly deal with it.
1. Weigh up the two scenarios – to go or not to go.
You may be worried about going to the Doctors but imagine if you did go eventually and something WAS actually wrong with you… you would then need to go through various forms of appointments and treatment, and the longer that you have left something, the longer it may take to treat it. What could have been a simple appointment and a short course of treatment may go on to become something far more time consuming and complicated.
Avoiding what you are scared of, doesn’t make it just disappear. it can just mean that things spiral out of control. Take action now and take the easier option.
2. Ask someone to go along with you.
You don’t have to face things on your own. Ask someone to go along with you – get a support buddy, whether it be a friend or a relative. You will find that you are less nervous about going in, and you can even ask your Doctor to allow you to take your support buddy into your appointment with you. You don’t need to be scared, nervous or isolated.
3. Think about what exactly it is that you are scared of?
Is it the idea of the Doctors surgery itself? Is it the thought of cancer? The needles and the treatment? Or a fear of dying…
If you can be more specific about what it is that scares you, you can then visualise that scenario in your imagination and then turn it black and white, make it smaller, and watch it shatter and disappear into the background. Then visualise the best case scenario, see yourself at the Doctors, feel how relaxed you are, how strong and capable you are. No matter what life throws at you you can and you will deal with it.
I hope that you do book in to see your Doctor if you are concerned about something. And on the subject of Ovarian Cancer, I wanted to just list the signs and symptoms that you need to be looking for:
The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer are:
- feeling constantly bloated
- a swollen tummy
- discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
- feeling full quickly when eating, or loss of appetite
- needing to pee more often or more urgently than usual – NHS UK WEBSITE.
And if you do have a fear of seeing your Doctor and want to get to the bottom of it, i can deal with that for you in a very short time frame. Book a free clarity call with me and we can talk about things then get you booked in for a session. Book your call here.
Until the next time, be sure to take action if you need to, and show this post to your friends… it could just save a life.