Coping with a New Cancer Diagnosis
Words often fail to describe the experience of receiving a cancer diagnosis. Fear, disbelief, shock, courage, strength, humor, hope; these are all words that I commonly hear. The experience is different for everyone. For some, it conjures up memories of a surreal moment that is hard to recall, and for others, it's as vivid as if it happened yesterday. What helps people through these moments? What makes the journey easier? The answers I hear to this question often share a common theme - people. Whether it be a loved one, a friend, a neighbor, a medical professional, a social worker, or a fellow survivor - knowing that one is not alone can make all the difference. It's the helpful hints about what to expect, the reminders of one's strength, and the jokes on a tough day that can shape someone's journey. So I pose the question, what made the difference for you? What inspiration, tools, resources, or people helped you or your loved one through the journey of being newly diagnosed?