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
    living1963's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was 42 and diagnosed stage 4. PDA was 3216+ and cancer was in my lings bones and lymph system and even in my brain

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    • miabearfan
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterin...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    "when you go through cancer, it is not just you that is going through cancer - it is your family, it's your fiends. It's all your l...

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  2. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    im too young and healthy, i dont feel sick

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    • blinky414
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic Le...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    When my daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia I felt my world collapse. But I had to be strong for her and that's how my husband and...

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  3. almost 7 years ago
    Renheren's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I have no one to blame but myself

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    • catsmeow
    • Experience with Leiomyosarcoma
    almost 7 years ago
    catsmeow's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    found bleeding after menopause.

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    • amwesseler
    • Experience with Chronic Lymphocytic...
    almost 7 years ago
    amwesseler's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Went to hospital ER for chest pain after shoveling snow...........came home with a diagnosis of CLL.

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  4. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was perfectly healthy. I had a pain in my side that felt "deep". The doc said it was my liver. He checked some liver enzymes an...

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    • cabin123
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Non-Mel...
    almost 7 years ago
    cabin123's Avatar

    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I received a diagnosis of a rare skin cancer called Bowens Disease.

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  5. almost 7 years ago
    • gelica84
    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    April 2012

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  6. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My husband Bobby began having headaches in July 2012. We thought it was just stress related. In August they got worse, he saw his ...

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