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.

    • Nette
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    over 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My mom has cancer, what do I do

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    • thatalguy
    • Experience with Lymphoplasmacytic Ly...
    over 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I have been recently diagnosed with WM. Anemia, high iGM, hyperviscosity. Recieving no treatments other than monitoring. My healt...

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  1. over 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    In October, at age 40, I went in for my mamogram like I was supposed to and two weeks later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a...

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  2. over 6 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It started about eight to nine months ago when I was at the end of my pregnancy. My husband took our 85lb German Shepard for a walk...

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  3. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Diagnosed 2/15/13, really thought results were going to come back as an infection, not so lucky. Received the news over the phone on...

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    • Margarita
    • Experience with Nodal Marginal Zone ...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I can't believe this. I have never even heard of Lymphoma before and no one in my family has ever experienced Cancer. I have so many...

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

    Oh No

    After an open chest lung biopsy, I was diagnosed with a low-grade B-cell NH lymphoma.

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    • bwilliams
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cor...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Something just seemed off. We couldn't make sense as to what was really going on with mom.

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

    Oh No

    awaiting the process of what will take place from here

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  4. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was initially diagnosed with one tumor (Mixed Ductal Cell) and slated for a lumpectomy. Then they did a breast MRI (very new at th...

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    • janetamy
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Just diagnosed with inoperable cervical cancer, I'm going through staging tests right now, I'm a 9 yr survivor of breast cancer so ...

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  5. almost 7 years ago
    Sharon947's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Went for a mammogram, got called for a second one, then a biopsy, an appointment with Dr. Donna to hear her say "we have a cancer"!

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