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.

    • awt
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast Can...
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    So far the diagnosis is that I am if I understand correctly a triple negative patient. I know I am BRCA 1 positive and have a 5cm st...

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    • valedav
    • Experience with Fast Growing, Chronic ...
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Referral to a Hemotoligist/Oncologist after a summer believing I had mono (positive monospot) and enjoying the "license" to take a n...

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    • eweneek
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I found the lump while getting ready for bed. I knew immediately it was cancer. I thought it would be a couple more years down the ...

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    • Oquin61
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    My cancer was found after a dental exam for what I thought was a possible chip tooth. He did a X-ray and found something he did not...

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    • chinuk70
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed on April fools day. I was 16. I though the doctor was kidding until they did a bone marrow biopsy 15 minutes after ...

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    • EllieMae
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    After Lumpectomy and tissue sent to Lab.........was told cancer was also in the lymph nodes

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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was feeling lousy for more than two months, my dental assistant said "Why don't you go to your M.D. We just had a cancellation fo...

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    • ChrisC
    • Experience with Hodgkin Disease
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was 33 years old and 4 months pregnant with my 3rd child when I was diagnosed. Everyone I had known with this diagnosis was decea...

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    • patties
    • Experience with Vaginal Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed in March 2012.

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    • Sherle
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    It was unbelievable that I would have the c word. Nobody ever said that I did except my sister-in-law when she wanted to shock people.

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    • susanmck
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcino...
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    This can't happen to me now! I was sexually abused in 2003. Was diagnosed with PTSD. Had severe panic attacks and dark nightmares...

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    • SBB
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had been diagnosed with pnuemonia for months and expected another round of antibiotics when the cancer diagnosis was made.

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