Maura Tierney, famous for her role in the TV show “ER,” thought that her breast cancer could be cured by surgery alone. When test results revealed that she was facing a more aggressive form of cancer that required she undergo chemotherapy, she feared the road ahead.
“That was so scary to me. I would say, as scary as the diagnosis. I was just afraid my lifestyle would be curbed much more than it was.”
After finally accepting that chemotherapy was her best course to recovery, she found that most of her fears of the treatment were unfounded:
“It was not easy, I would not wish it on anybody. But it was definitely more manageable.”
Tierney urges patients facing chemotherapy treatment for their cancer not to panic, as it will do nothing to help you recover from your illness:
“If you can find a place to go that will help just calm you down and focus you, I think that would have helped a lot.”
For information about common misconceptions about chemotherapy, as well as a list of cancer support groups, Tierney recommends visiting chemomythsorfacts.com.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, read the Vitals Breast Cancer Patient Guide for useful information, what to expect at your doctor appointment, questions to ask, and more.