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Experience indicates that sharing your emotions helps. Keeping your emotions in hurts.

Take advantage of your support systems (each of which are discussed in the documents in "To Learn More")..

  • Friends and family want to help. They're part of your health care team. Talking with them about your fears gets out the anxiety. Just being together is supportive. Consider doing activities together - including those "treats" that you don't usually do. 
  • Make contact with another person going through what you are going through, or who has gone through it recently. (Someone who went through it years ago likely had a different experience thanks to constant medical advances). You can do this in person, on the telephone or on line. Your doctor or local disease specific nonprofit can help make a connection.
  • Support groups are shown to help a great deal - even for men. The group can be a formal one or even an informal one self help group that you create with a few other people. Even if you only join a group for the practical information people who are in a similar situation can share, you can use the group to help you get through rough patches. Sometimes just being with other people who are going through a similar experience helps. Support groups are available in person, on the telephone and even online.
  • Professionals such as a social worker, psychologist and psychiatrist are there to help

If you're working, consider seeing a therapist in case you want to stop and go onto disability. Depression and other emotional conditions can in and of themselves be considered to be a disability.

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