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Managing the Emotions of a Cancer Diagnosis

Messages from the Community

From first hearing the words “you have cancer” through treatment and post-treatment, it is not uncommon to feel anxious, angry, afraid, numb, confused, or depressed. Accepting the diagnosis and figuring out what cancer will mean in your life is challenging, and adjusting to the emotions takes time. Community members share some of the things that they have found helpful to do or to consider to help manage all these feelings.

Please take a look, and if you feel inspired, we appreciate you also sharing your insights, suggestions, and feelings: Tips if You’re Feeling Overwhelmed.

Lookingforward66 destresses with yoga

Lookingforward66 destresses with yoga

Some advice from our members includes:

For me there was a grieving period, I would imagine for everyone there has to be. So, be kind to yourself. It will take time to adjust, you're not crazy and everyone here gets it. It's exactly like an emotional roller coaster.” 

I'm a firm believer in exercise. It can really lift your mood. I walk a lot out in nature, because I love nature. If you like to dance, find Zumba. If you like to ride a bike, get a bike.”

“…Something I've learned at my yoga, meditation class: when you wake up in the morning, be thankful that you're still alive and that a new day has started, full of possibilities and opportunities. Say this every morning :-) I know that this helps me through the treatments…” 

Check out the thread to see what others have said, as well as see Research News, articles, and blogs related to this issue. 

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