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Why do I mentally torture myself.

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Old 12-05-2012, 10:38 PM   #1
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countrygrlmo HB User
Why do I mentally torture myself.

I'm a 35 year old single mom of two healthy, great kids. I don't know why I do it, but I read a lot about childhood cancer. I'm scared to death that one of my kids will get cancer. I don't worry about my health, just my kids. When I read stories of parents going through that, it breaks my heart. I can't even imagine that happening to one of my kids. It hurts to read those things, but I keep doing it. It brings me no satisfaction....... The vicious cycle continues, the more I read, the more sad I get, the more I worry about my kids and read more.

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Old 12-06-2012, 03:38 AM   #2
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Re: Why do I mentally torture myself.

Your worries are irrational. You said yourself your children are "healthy". You cannot live everyday worrying about what may or may not happen. (HA, I do the same thing so I understand). We all must learn to live for the moment and enjoy everything that we are experiencing. It's so unlikely that your kids are going to get cancer. Remind yourself that. Also remember that it's out of your control. What happens will happen. Enjoy their youth and health now. Stop worrying. Do everything you can to help them maintain healthy lifestyles too!

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