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.

    • tag1997
    • Experience with Thyroid Cancer
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I first found out i was diagonosed

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    • deppoholic
    • Experience with Acute Lymphocytic L...
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I had been feeling cruddy for a month, but thought I was over doing it at school. I went to the doctor thinking I had mono, and was ...

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    • Crash
    • Experience with Choriocarcinoma
    over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was about to turn 21, my left nut had gotten larger, and didn't respond to injury. I'd thump it with my index finger, and it would...

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  1. over 7 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was retiring on 11/30/11 and my last day of work was 11/7. I had a mammogram in October and received a call that I would need to ...

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