TIPS WHEN DIAGNOSED
You are your own advocate fight for you, if you think you need a second opinion get one.
Take someone to your appointment with you to take notes and listen. Record what the doctor says with your phone.
Get an expandable file folder, retain and keep a copy of all paperwork, lab results, scans (request them on a disk)
Have your caregivers name, number and email on all forms- you may not feel up to getting results or speaking to anyone.
Gather your team- all doctors, caregiver, family, friends- tell them what you need. People want to help, let them. You will both be blessed.
Don't let your insurance dictate where you get treatment or what doctor you use. You can work around everything.
Find others that are also dealing with cancer. They can give you great advice.
It is difficult not to panic in the beginning however we have learned that the information given to you at first is usually the worse case scenario. Hold on there is better news around the corner.
Your mind is powerful-fill it with positive thoughts!
When diagnosed you must take care of your mind, body, and soul. Cancer not only affects the physical. A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on life. All feelings are normal- sad, angry, fearful, etc. It is normal to grieve for the normal life you had. It is perfectly fine to see a counselor to sort out your feelings. If you need to take an antidepressant take one. Always check with your oncologist first so that there are no drug interactions.