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.

    • crudd123
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    They found a lesion on my thyroid. Had a sonagram this past Friday and I am waiting to hear back from results. Possible biopsy and a...

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    • crudd123
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Had my yearly mamogram in December and they called a day later and said I had an abnormal scan. Went back the next day for a sonagra...

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  1. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I can not believe it.

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  2. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After all the testing and failed doctor, I was diagnosed with cancer

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    • Karen58
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    We knew I had cancer in my left breast because it was obvious, but, an MRI found cancer in my right one too that had gone undetected...

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    • kimreid45
    • Experience with Colorectal (Colon) C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed Labor day 2010, I was in full on panic mode when they told me I had cancer

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    • Pinky7
    • Experience with Clear-Cell Carcinoma, E...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Sept 12, 2012 @1651 I was diagnosed with canceer

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

    Oh No

    Being diagnosed is something you never think you will have to go through....until you do. I was 33 years old with a 8 month old baby...

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    • WyoErin
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Pancre...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My MIL has been having stomach issues for months before her GP ordered a CT scan. That scan showed the tumor around her pancreas. ...

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    • Snoopy
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I am65single white male new with laptop didn't expect cancer empyhesema maybe.smoked most ofmy life. going for chemo 6th set ...

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    • CrazyHarry
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Col...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Poopie problems and an abnormal poop test led to a colonoscopy. Icky stuff up my butt.

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

    Oh No

    Can't quite believe it but trying to stay positive about it. Still I am apprehensive about the treatment.

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