• Someone with you when you got your diagnosis?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Friday, August 15, 2014

    Someone with you when you got your diagnosis?

    Were you by yourself when you first received your diagnosis? I was, at the time I didn't think anything about it. Now, there is someone with me at every visit, procedure or anytime I go for anything. How about you?

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    • Lina35's Avatar

      I actually think it was best I was alone when I was told. I also appreciate that the doctor doing the biopsy was honest about his suspicions. It helped me to mentally focus and prepare for the next steps. When it was confirmed by phone, I was also alone and I don't think my reaction would have been different. Suspected, still shocking having no risk factors, worried about children and family. The only thing that bothers me about the whole thing is how the local doctors referred me to a local surgeon for a rarer type of cancer, tongue, when I specifically asked where they themselves would go. I knew this was not true and a mutual friend of mine and one of these doctors confirmed my thoughts after telling me he inquired about my outcome and was so relieved I went to a well known city hospital instead. I don't harbor any ill feelings about this, I just want patients to get the best care they can as soon as possible, for the best outcome possible. And my dentist was excellent and glad that I spoke with him about these concerns. He agreed to discuss with some colleagues, and to his staff about the delay in my initial appointment of 2 weeks, which he was not aware of. We're usually seen within 2 days of calling for an appt. If I had been seen and, therefore, diagnosed sooner, my surgeries would not have been as invasive as they were. Cutting recovery time, distress to my family (especially children and parents), and return to work (because everyone here knows the financial drain of any illness and complications stemming from). Off topic again, sorry!

      over 5 years ago
    • anw0307's Avatar

      I was alone in my office at work when I got the voicemail from my dermatologist telling me that if I couldn't reach her during the day that I could call her on her personal cell that evening to discuss my results...I just knew then that it was going to be bad news. I called her at her office and received the news and just burst into tears. I think that I scared some of my co-workers b/c they didn't know what was going on. I then had to call my husband and tell him while he was at work and that was probably the hardest phone call that I have ever made. My supervisor and one of my co-workers then came in to my office and I talked to them about my news. My supervisor told me that I should go home and I couldn't have agreed with her more. I think for the rest of the day I was just in a state of complete and total shock.

      over 5 years ago
    • kage's Avatar

      I got mine on the phone at work in a corner by myself. Talk about a blur of a day after that!

      about 2 years ago

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