Wednesday, October 3, 2012

You've Recieved Your Diagnosis, Now What?

Finding out that you have cancer will most likely be the scariest thing you'll ever encounter in your life. Your mind may become inundated with so many thoughts and emotions. Chances are you'll feel overwhelmed. Where do I begin? Will I be able to juggle family, work AND cancer? Who will take care of me if I need help? And the biggie ... Will I die? Cancer is a big freakin' deal! I've mentioned it before - You have to be your own health advocate first. Once you have taken on that alpha-role, you'll need to do research and establish what's "out there." The American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offer many resources for you as a patient, as well as for your friends, family and caregivers. They will guide you and assist by offering options and suggestions that you may not have thought about. Call your county's informational hotline to see what community services they offer. When I was first diagnosed and too weak to drive, I discovered that there was a bus specifically used to transport patients to and from the doctor's offices or hospitals for a minimal fee. They picked me up at my house and brought me back home. I had to get pre-approved, but it only took a few days to do so. They were a blessing to me. Hospitals in your area may offer support groups for cancer patients. It's important to seek others who could use some help, friendship and hope like you. ********** Read! Read! Read! I don't care if it's via the internet or your local library. Arm yourself with a wealth of information. This is YOUR life and you are facing the biggest battle EVER! Here are some books that I found helpful: Getting your diagnosis may make you feel as if you're drowning. It is important to know that there are many resources out there for you to utilize. Even if you feel lost right now, know that there IS life on the other side of cancer. If you need any advice, I'm here for you ...

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