Pre-Scan Nerves?

It's the week of your repeat scan and nothing is okay. You feel like you might cry, vomit and spontaneously combust all at the same time. The weather is bad, there's nothing on TV and you're on your fourth KFC. Your emotions are in turmoil, you're trying not to think the worst but you can't help it. You play hearing the results in your head like a video tape. Does this sound familiar?

Unfortunately, there's no way to avoid the dreaded scan and they don't feel like they get any easier each time you go. 

So is there anything you can do to make the build up easier?

Well I could sit here and tell you to meditate harder, check into a Spa and consume a whole bottle of Rescue Remedy like a shot. (Please don't.) But the truth is, none of those things will 100% rid you of nerves.

This is why I choose humour for my tumour. Nothing works wonders like having a good belly laugh when you least expect it. 

I recently joined the Brain Tumours with Humour Support Group and it is fantastic. It's a closed group for only people with BT's where we can all laugh together: whether it's memes, jokes or funny videos. You can also post any concern and within seconds someone will be there with helpful support or even prayers- whatever floats your boat.

My other top tips would be: 

  1. Organise a social gathering with friends on the week of your scan
  2. Have work/family/social drinks if you're able to
  3. Have a board games night or attend a pub quiz
  4. Invite family around you before you feel too miserable to invite anyone
  5. Choose carefully who you want to attend your scan with- if someone is a bag of nerves its going to rub off on you. 
  6. Join support groups online to be around other people who genuinely understand what you're going through.
Or you could always stick Kale up your bum.

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