Diagnosed with cancer? What next?
When one is diagnosed with cancer, it can be quite a shock. Different people react to it in different ways. Fear, shock, anger, disbelief, frustration are some of the emotions that you may go through. Many feel completely devastated and think that their life has been shattered to bits. However, cancer need not be fatal nor does one have to be so fearful. When diagnosed at the early stage, many cancers can be cured. There are powerful medications available to control cancer and improve the quality of life for cancer patients. Newer research breakthroughs are happening every day, and these bring great hope.
Why has this happened to me?
This feeling is quite common, one wonders why one has been afflicted with this disease. What makes it feel even worse is if you have been a health freak and then been diagnosed. Frankly, no-one knows why cancer strikes, it could be genetic or have environmental causes and so on. It’s a complex disease, rather than dwelling on why, look at what next. Meet a counselor or spend time with a trusted friend with whom you can share your feelings.
What about the pain?
When the diagnosis is cancer, the immediate worry is pain. However, not everyone will have pain. Some may have pain, some may face pain once in a while and some will never have pain. Reaction to cancer treatments vary. Having cancer does not mean one has to live with pain, there are many powerful pain relievers.
Will I die?
Most people look at cancer as a death sentence, but it need not be so. With some care and medication, there are many cancer survivors who live with the disease and continue their routine.
How to cope?
Spend time learning about the kind of cancer you have. Consult your doctor regularly and follow the treatment and medication. Express your feelings and spend time talking to a friend or family member. Do things that you love. Cultivate a hobby, make sure you do at least one thing you enjoy every day. Join a support group, this will help you come to terms with the disease and handle it better. Exercise if your doctor says its ok to do so. Above all, keep your chin up and maintain a positive attitude.