Ok, what gives? Massachusetts and our AN's?
I guess we are a rare breed out here! did they taint the MWRA water or what?
tsl, welcome! First and foremost... welcome.. and know that you are certainly not alone... as you can see, there are many New Englanda's here and all glad to help.
As with any new diagnosis in life (for me, I have a trifecta.. the AN is only an inkling to me).... we go through the different stages of trying to accept what has been dealt to us. We deny it, many say "why me?".... we learn to come to grips with the reality of what is going on...
...and I have to tell you... 1 year ago, when I went from "watch/wait" to decision making process... oh, I was sooooo in the same shoes. Reaching out to everyone here, asking a zillion and 1/2 questions... learning as much as I could. It did get to the point it became overwhelming... but... for me.... I finally took a step back... I took a VERY deep breath... and I removed my blinders to see that....1. This is benign and not a death sentence...2. That my family and friends were all there, rallying for me.... 3. That I found this forum board and thank gawd I did... It was fantastic to know I was not alone in these shoes.....and the friendships I have established here, well, words cannot express my gratitude to all those here... 4. That I knew by becoming my own best patient advocate, I was to learn as much as I could so I could make a well-informed decision for me and my circumstances..... and last but not least... 5. Never regret or look in heinsight of any decision I make.
We're here for you... if you need us.. and even on those days you don't. You're stuck with us now!
Hang in there... and would love to meet you at our next brunch... hopefully March/April in Worcester at Maxwell's... (you gotta check out the Mimosa/Bloody Mary's included in the cost and the hawt thang working the omlet table!)