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A diagnosis predictably brings emotional upheaval.

  • A diagnosis can make you feel very alone and distanced from your friends and family.
  • Strong emotions are stirred up such as fear, anger, denial, frustration, guilt, withdrawal, loss/grief at the loss of good health, and depression. Depression may be so severe it can be difficult to function.
  • Each of these emotions are likely to show-up in no predictable order or time, especially hopelessness and tears.  
  • An emotional roller coaster is normal. 
  • Sometimes emotions even surface with more than one at a time.  
  • There will always be days with good news and days with bad news. Keeping that in mind will help make the bad news more bearable.

Keep in mind that the variety of sources of support available. For example:

  • Family.
  • Friends.
  • Other people going through the same thing.
  • Professionals such as social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Religion.
  • Spirituality.

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