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.

  1. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had been having blood in my stool a month or so..went to GI and he decided I should have a colonoscopy. Was nervous about that..ha...

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  2. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It's the end of my life! I'm going to die!

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    • Janis
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After having the mammogram and ultrasound, the doctor at the breast center came in to talk to me. When she told me I had 3 areas in...

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    • Abuelanana
    • Experience with Cancer of Unknown P...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    What I thought was my customary bout with Seasonal Rhinitis turned out to be pleural effusion. Cells subsequently diagnosed as Occu...

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  3. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed June 8th

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  4. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Lump and lymph node biopsy both positive for Grade 3 cancer

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  5. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The tumor was discovered when undergoing treatment for a sports injury! Went from healthy athlete to fighting for life in less than ...

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    • Xmom7
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Cancer in Left Breast Calcium build up in Right Breast non cancerous

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    • JAMMS4
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My father from a neck biopsy has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Today he had his first appointment with specialist and ...

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    • JAMMS4
    • Experience with Follicular Lymphoma
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    In the last month a noticable lump developed in my father's neck, so his physician did a neck biopsy in mid-January, 2013 and the re...

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    • Erika
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My sister was diagnosed with Her2 breast cancer last week after a biopsy. She has received two sugeon opinions.... should she see an...

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    • EMann216
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Carc...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Newly Diagnosed.

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