• I'm making a list of "one liner tips" What is your best single tip you would share with someone newly diagnosed with cancer?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Friday, November 20, 2015

    I'm making a list of "one liner tips" What is your best single tip you would share with someone newly diagnosed with cancer?

    40 Answers from the Community

    40 answers
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Get Drunk....and then TRY not to Panic...

      about 5 years ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      If at all possible, get treatment at one of the great cancer-treatment hospitals available (and never at a Cancer Treatment Center of America).

      about 5 years ago
    • Kris103's Avatar

      Be careful about Googling - there is a lot of bad information out on the intertubes.

      about 5 years ago
    • Russ' Avatar

      Hi Greg, My one-liner+...Never give up hope...it is the last candle fluttering in the darkness while all the others have gone out.

      I went on line to get this website. Every time I add it my compatibility viewing it goes away within a couple of hours. I don't know why...Russ

      about 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      Cherish yourself and cut yourself slack -- fighting cancer is your main job now.

      about 5 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      Question everything but most of all question your Dr.s

      about 5 years ago
    • bevaschia's Avatar

      Take any support when offered by friends and family. You're going to need it.

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Set up a Google search for yor type of cancer and use different ways to title each item..this will give you new and published information on your type of cancer..and never ever take medical advise from people on blogs.

      about 5 years ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Seek out a specialist who treats your specific type of cancer, and consider getting a second opinion before treatments start.

      about 5 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar

      Bring a friend or digital recorder to each appointment. It is too much information to absorb and remember correctly.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      Breathe deeply.

      The oxygen is calming.

      Then you can think, question, make better decisions.

      Best wishes

      about 5 years ago
    • Sue_2015's Avatar

      Always get a 2nd opinion so that you can have even more information then you got with the first.

      about 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      Don't believe most of what you read on the Internet

      about 5 years ago
    • Traceypap's Avatar

      Trust your instincts and don't be intimidated by the doctors.

      about 5 years ago
    • Gin's Avatar

      Every cancer journey is different.

      about 5 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      Listen to your inner voice. You know your body better than anyone.

      about 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      Don't be afraid to ask for help.

      about 5 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar

      Don't get mad at your body, your energy will come back.
      There is a light at the end of the tunnel, just trust you will see it;)

      about 5 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar

      You're stronger than you think, you can do this!

      about 5 years ago
    • dstewart52's Avatar

      Place a open bible under your pillow at night ,it will rest your mind and calm you. Turn all of your worries over to God,talk with God.

      about 5 years ago
    • Veronique's Avatar

      You are stronger than you ever thought possible.get a second opinion at a reputable cancer center especially for your type.somehow someway even on the darkest days keep hope alive.

      about 5 years ago
    • laradactyl's Avatar

      Use your energy to handle what is now, waste none of it on worry about what might be coming up next.

      about 5 years ago
    • tullerie's Avatar

      I think it is important to get more than one opinion on treatment. Also, understand the course of action that they will take including anti nausea drugs, white blood cell boosters, creme for radiation, etc. Not all doctors treat the same type of cancer the same, and not all have your comfort as a priority.

      about 5 years ago
    • Judytjab's Avatar

      This too shall pass.

      about 5 years ago
    • Mika's Avatar

      Keep away from negative people

      about 5 years ago
    • Jesse0218's Avatar

      If there's something you really, really want to do and you have the energy, go for it. It will pick you up unbelievably and lift your spirits to the sky. For me, it was getting on a horse in the middle of radiation after not being on for over 3 years. The whole world turned around in such a positive way at that point.

      about 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      One of the first suggestions I've made to 2 different co-workers was to check out WhatNext.com.

      about 5 years ago
    • diaturtles' Avatar

      This is the time you have to become your own advocate, if you question your doctors..seek second opinion, ask questions if you don't understand what they're telling you, bring a friend/family member to appointments so they can write stuff down, your going to get overwhelmed by everything. It's your body and you and only you know what doesn't feel right, tell them ( doctors) and keep repeating it if you have to, until someone listens.

      about 5 years ago
    • Goingstrong's Avatar

      If you believe in God, pray for strength, courage and peace.

      about 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      This Video by Chris Wark is amazing and should be mandatory for all new cancer patients.
      I can't tell you how wonderful his little talk is to help with the fear.


      about 5 years ago
    • dan7264's Avatar

      Knowledge is power. Power over fear. Find out as much about your cancer as you can and there will be less to fear.

      about 5 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar

      Love yourself and be compassionate towards yourself like never before.

      about 5 years ago
    • Maddy61's Avatar

      Once you've found the right doctor and decided on your course of treatment take your meds, especially those for nausea and pain. If you are stronger and not in pain your fight will be a little easier. Prayers.

      about 5 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Pray and take one day at a time.

      about 5 years ago
    • swfl51's Avatar

      Courage and Fight for your Life, one hour at a time.

      about 5 years ago
    • jene1835's Avatar

      Get yourself a calendar, big enough to write every appointment, upcoming test(s), chemo and radiation dates, and surgeries. Anything that has to do with your newly diagnosed cancer. I have one for each year beginning with 2009. I save them and refer back to them.

      about 5 years ago
    • jene1835's Avatar

      Get a calendar and write all your medical stuff in it - - radiation and chemo dates, doctor appointments, surgeries. One calendar for every year. Keep everything pertaining to your newly diagnosed cancer in this calendar, even your scripts for medication and tests (CT scan, MRIs, Bone Density, MUGA, etc.
      I have 6 since the beginning of January 2009. I refer back to them - - they might be better record keepers than your physician or oncologist.

      about 5 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      One thing at a time. Keep going. You are stronger than you think. You can do this.

      about 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Thanks for all the great tips, please keep them coming!

      about 5 years ago
    • Danfan714's Avatar

      Get all of the opinion you can, then make an informed choice.

      almost 5 years ago

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