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
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The day I found out my mom had tumors or her brain was the worst day of my life....one day I took her to the ER thinking she had a s...

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    • Unidexter
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcin...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I requested a routine x-ray (which was almost a year past due) prior to a check up, The phone was ringing when we got home, my wife ...

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    • Ken58
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Kidney Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Kidney cancer

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  2. almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Bladder cancer

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    • papayagirl
    • Experience with Invasive Lobular Ca...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I have now been diagnosed with lymphedema Very upsetting.

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    • barbie
    • Experience with Bile Duct (Cholangiocar...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Today my doctor called me and I had to say three times "come again". He said my biopsy was positive and I had bile duct cancer. It...

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    • Deb76
    • Experience with High-Grade Astrocytoma (...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Was told but a neurologist it was probably a Glioblastoma and our hearts sank, feeling of a whole in your stomach and nothing else i...

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

    Oh No

    One week before my fathers birthday I found a lump in my right breast.

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    • Trala
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast C...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Found lump in my right breast 39 years old never had mamogarm. Have been sick with flu,cold for months. I jusut thought my two youn...

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    • papthyca
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The diagnosing Doctor was very unfriendly, very rude and grumpy, treated me with contempt and did not explain the diagnosis ; he ju...

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    • Vjp2012
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Initially I was told that the tumor was borderline malignant and that the initial pathology (during surgery) showed nothing to be al...

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    • Vjp2012
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian ...
    almost 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My gynecologist found a mass on and around my left ovary. Being referred to a gynecological oncologist for surgery.

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