Experiences with Diagnosed

There is no way to prepare for a cancer diagnosis. It doesn’t matter the type of cancer, the age at which you are diagnosed, the stage of cancer, or the possible treatment plan, every diagnosis is unique just as every person’s reaction is unique. It is common to react with shock, fear, and a “Why me?” mentality. One of the first thing WhatNexter’s share about their diagnosis experience is that they had to realize that it’s okay to grieve. Don’t be too proud to grieve; it’s okay to be scared or angry. However, after those feelings they suggest to find the positive, and sometimes that is that you and your loved ones are still alive, although you do have a tough journey ahead, that is something to be grateful for.

Many WhatNexter’s have asked, “How do I react to my cancer diagnosis?”, “How do I find a good doctor?”, “What do I do? I am scared to death.”, or simply “What is next?”. Here are a few words of advice from people who have been diagnosed with cancer before you: there is no right or wrong way to react, focus on the here and now, take one step at a time, find a doctor you can trust and respect, ask a lot of questions, and find something beautiful and appreciate it. It may be hard to see now, but you will come through this battle just as others have before you. If you need support, need to ask questions, or would like to share your story, post comments below.

Don't forget to view our Beginner's Guide to Cancer.

    • KB2013
    • Experience with Crohn's Disease
    about 1 month ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The actual, undeniably correct diagnosis, was finally made. Crohn's ileitis.

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  1. 3 months ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had occasional extreme itching in hands and feet. When I would rub them, they would turn red, swell, and burn. Didn't know if it w...

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    • Scofield
    • Experience with Multiple Sclerosis
    4 months ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was horrified 'cause I lost my sight 80% both eyes

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  2. 8 months ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Yes, it was quite a while ago. I do remember Dr. W going over the different kinds/levels/severities of MS. He had covered from the...

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    • cph1302
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    11 months ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    On January 16th 2016 my mom took a fall in the house (bad back probelms cause's her legs to give out at times). It took my dad and I...

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    • Trash1
    • Experience with Acquired Angioedema Type I
    over 1 year ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Never been sick a dy in my life until the abestoes removal company moved in my b ackyard.

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  3. over 1 year ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Congestive heart failure, getting worse, not better with meds. Very disappointed recent echo shows LV ejection fraction of 30-35%, s...

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  4. almost 2 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It's not always good to be right, like when I self diagnosed breast cancer and diabetes but there you have it.

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    • Labbieb
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carci...
    about 2 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Suspicious routine mammogram. Had diagnostic mammogram, then biopsy then MRI of the breast. Lobular cancer in situ and invasive diag...

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    • Gaurea
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 2 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Duct Carcinoma

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  5. about 2 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Loved remicade right up til I was diagnosed with breast cancer that was growing VERY fast due to my lowered immune system. Pay atte...

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  6. over 2 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    3 months ago I was diagnosed with pernicious anemia: B12 deficiency coupled with depletion of intrinsic factor necessary for GI trac...

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