Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Self-awareness, Scanxiety, Gender Reveal parties, & apparently some Fantasy Football

How crazy, that almost 10 years ago, my husband knew that he had brain cancer? I mean, seriously....out of all the things that his symptoms could be, he KNEW that it was brain cancer. Even his medical doctor laughed when Darren scheduled his initial check-up appointment, saying, "It is about a 99.9% chance that you DON'T have brain cancer".  But they ran some tests anyway, and....​


Darren has a self-awareness like no other.  I am seriously sometimes blown back by how accurate he is. Of course there have been times when uncertainty and unknowing has crept in but, but for the majority of the time, he has been spot on with his intuition and self-awareness of what is going on with him.

For almost 10 years, then, we have regularly scheduled and Darren has received a MRI. And, for 10 years, the scanxiety has crept in. (Scanxiety is the very real feelings of anxiety and nervousness before a scan).  Sometimes the scanxiety is overwhelming and can send me into a bit of a nervous turmoil. And there have been sometimes when the scanxiety has become almost routine and not as overpowering. But, believe me, there is always some level of scanxiety.  At least for me. Darren has, for the most part, been his normal positive and upbeat self about the most of them.  Maybe it's because he is one of the very rare people who find MRI's relaxing and takes a nap during the procedure.😴

For the caretakers, family members, and patients who experience scanxiety - of any level - we have some tips and our thoughts about how to prepare for the experience of them. With Darren's next MRI being tomorrow, I am experiencing the higher end of scanxiety. There have been things going on with Darren recently which have heightened my nervousness.  Darren, my self-aware guru, is feeling great and even thinks he knows why he is experiencing some of the symptoms. It always makes me feel a little bit better when I know that he isn't as nervous - probably because he is so accurate with his physical awareness.  With MRI's, health, life, relationships, etc. it is always reassuring when you have someone who is able to ease your mind; however that may be, in one way or another, don't you think?

We would love for you to check out our latest podcast on scanxiety.  Click HERE to listen and be sure to share with someone who may need to know that they are not alone in their scanxiety.  Everyone may experience something different - and at different levels of heighteness, but the tips and tricks are helpful to all.  We also talk a bit about Darren's dialed in self-awareness and toss around the idea of sharing the MRI results like a gender reveal party. (Kidding, of course, but only Darren would have that idea!!).   If anything, be sure to take a listen to find out how Darren is doing in his Fantasy Football league.😝

Your friends,

Jen & Darren Delvaux

P.S. Our podcast is Mr. Worldwide & His Bride, available on iTunes - and we so appreciate your listening and the SHARING of it! We also would love to hear from you, please be sure to visit jendelvaux.com for more on LIVING with cancer, health/fitness tips, and so much more!

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