What to do if you were recently diagnosed with cancer

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So many people get the diagnosis of cancer at their doctors’ visits and forget everything else after the word cancer that the doctor says.  Well, I hope that this article will help you if you recently got diagnosed.  Here are a few things that I recommend.

First off, don’t blame yourself for your cancer.  Blame your cancer on global warming, on anything but yourself.  Even if your diet or lifestyle habits aren’t the best, you still shouldn’t blame yourself. It isn’t like you decided one morning that you wanted to have cancer, no one wants cancer.  Blaming yourself for cancer isn’t going to be beneficial at all.

After you have a few days to digest the diagnosis, I suggest that you get a notebook with a folder pocket in it.  If you can’t find one then get a 3 ring binder and put a notebook and a folder in it.  The notebook comes in handy when you think of questions to ask your doctor. The folder comes in handy to hold all the paper and instructions for examinations that your doctor will end up giving you over time. Keeping everything in one area helps prevent anything from getting lost or misplaced. Take your notebook to every doctor’s appointment and every test, you may have questions to write in it.

Get a support system.  Tell your family and friends that you have cancer. Having others that you can talk to and possibly rely on to go to doctors’ appointment with you . Now with that being said, some family and friends will possibly tell you horror stories of cancer, but it is important to understand that you are you.  Focusing on those stories aren’t going to help you at all, so ask them to refrain from the horrible stories and what they have heard or researched.

If you are tired, get some rest.  This is very important. You aren’t lazy for taking a nap a few hours after waking up.  You are fighting a hard battle and you need your rest.

I also think it is important for anyone newly diagnosed with cancer to realize that they can kick cancer’s butt.  Always keeping positive about beating cancer is imperative.  Even if you have to put post it notes on your bathroom mirror that says “I am beating cancer today” , it will help.

So if you were just diagnosed with cancer, please keep these suggestions in mind.  But remember, you are not alone. There are 28 million cancer survivors and you will make it one more survivor.

 

 

 

 

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