• How are you supposed to react when your doctor says something like, “You have a grapefruit size tumor in your cervix.”

    Asked by Julianna on Thursday, February 21, 2013

    How are you supposed to react when your doctor says something like, “You have a grapefruit size tumor in your cervix.”

    I am going crazy here!

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • Chemobrain35's Avatar

      the first thing i did was hug my mom and cried for about 20min. Then i made a list of all my questions for my doctors. I stayed away from the computer because the outlook for my cancer isnt good. I try to stay positive and be strong. I recommend buying a journal. Instead of complaining to my family about the mood swings and aches and pains i write every feeling and thought down. once i write it and turn the page, I let it go. Please remember that God doesnt give you what you can handle, he helps you handle what you are given!

      over 3 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Chemobrain has a good answer. Most important to take away is to be proactive. My first question after diagnosis was "How do we fix this?". Think of it the same way you would if you discovered termites in the floorboards. Sucks, but do everything to get rid of them.

      over 3 years ago
    • StegalMan's Avatar

      I just asked my Dr. OK, what do we do, and let's get on with it!

      over 3 years ago
    • Netsy's Avatar

      I so agree with the other answers! You have to get over the shock of the c word and ask your questions on how do I fight this! I felt much better once I had a plan! Write down all your questions and ask them on your doctors visit. If your feeling overwhelmed bring someone with you that can help you ask and listen to the answers. Reach out to someone who has been through cancer! Survivor's love helping others and paying it forward ....you will be doing it soon also. Hugs to you

      over 3 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      People react in different ways. My doctor told me I had a grapefruit size tumor on my ovary. Maybe I was in denial or something but I was more concerned about the pain of removing it rather than dying or other things. After my surgery, my husband told me it was stage 3 and said something like, "You might even survive it." My reaction was he was probably over-reacting and that I needed to put my energy in getting better and taking one day at a time rather than worrying. Later, my doctor told me I was stage 2 (because of a false positive on of my tests) which has a much better odds. I just prayed my way through it and prayed, "I don't care if I die, I only don't want to be in unbearable pain." As a result, whenever I prayed that I couldn't take the pain anymore, it soon dwindled to a bearable amount. My surgery removed my grapefruit size tumor and there has been no evidence of cancer since then (Nov 2010).

      over 3 years ago

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