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.

    • rtwigg
    • Experience with Diabetes
    over 5 years ago
    • Layna
    • Experience with Multiple Sclerosis
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Only they couldn't decide if she had Lymes or MS...turns out after many many tests and arguing between doctors. She had both.

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    • biskethead
    • Experience with Relapsing-Remitting MS
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was completly blown away that I had MS

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  1. almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diabetic Neuropathy, 2005

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  2. almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    ALL FOUR CHILDREN TESTED POSITIVE FOR HLRCC GENE MUTATION THAT CAUSES KIDNEY, UTERINE, SKIN CANCERS. Both myself (skin cancer survi...

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    • Kris103
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Was diagnosed a month ago. So many ultrasounds, MRIs and needle biopsies! Looking forward to no longer being a pincushion, and getti...

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  3. almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    September 29th 2012 found out I have Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Stage IV Cancer. Inoperable.

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    • Mary7
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltrating) ...
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    came home from work to dress down ,took off my bra (I hate a bra) :) And found a very large lump on the side of my breast was very s...

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    • Nicoleg
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    almost 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    What started out as a little bump on my neck turned into tests and getting diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

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    • felipe
    • Experience with Lupus
    about 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    LUPUS FIRST THAN AFTER QUITING SMOKING FOR 25 YEARS LUNG CANCER !!! HOW LONG MY MOTHER HAS LEFT ????

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  4. over 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diabetes! WTF. I guess this is the next wave of BS. Oh well, wheres the surfboard? YOLO!

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    • Carrie40
    • Experience with Invasive (Infiltratin...
    over 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    While I was 33 weeks pregnant with my beautiful daughter, now 10 weeks old, I discovered a lump in my breast. During my post partum ...

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