Knowledge is power
You know firsthand that a cancer diagnosis can alter a life in a matter of seconds. When we hear cancer, everything changes while nothing really changes.
Knowledge is power. Find yours in the tumultuous days that lie ahead. Get a notebook to keep everything in one place. Don’t let your doctor shut you down from asking questions. Ask your questions and record the answers in your book; stress interferes with memory and later on, we forget exactly what was said. Explore information on line from a variety of sites not just one, look for pamphlets and support group information.
I have heard through the years from people who say they couldn’t have gone through their cancer experience without a support group while others say "don’t want to sit around and talk about cancer, I’m fine". Keep an open mind and try one or two meetings before making that decision. Support groups are not only about learning what others do to cope but finding out more about your disease, trials that might be going on and being the hope someone else needs to see and hear from.