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.

    • Gaurea
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating)...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Duct Carcinoma

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  1. about 5 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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  2. over 5 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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    • Temmett
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Biopsy results came in. I was so scared waiting for the results but when they came into the room and told me almost instantly that f...

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    • aburney146
    • Experience with Ductal carcinoma in...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My mom was diagnosed with dcis August 14, 2014.

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    • bbane1970
    • Experience with Myelodysplastic Synd...
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Hi, I was diagnosed with MDS 2 weeks ago...I guess I will probably be having a few questions. Any experience/wisdom is welcome. Thanks

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  3. over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Mixed emotions as I was so happy that finally someone found out what was wrong with me but then I was sad, scared, and unsure about ...

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  4. over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Symptoms started that led to diagnosis started just before Thanksgiving 2013. I have had digestive issues since I was 20. This was d...

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    • Tsahvan
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Biopsy results came back - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

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    • Rudy
    • Experience with Diabetes
    over 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    diabetes

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    • sbyrd
    • Experience with Systemic Lupus Erythemat...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed with seizures after my surgery in August of last year when they removed a malignancy in my right adrenal glands.

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  5. almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My husband has had 12 months of recurring squamous cell carcinomas on his head. Five surgeries (two skin graft, another involving bo...

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