Coping with Your Diagnosis

Hearing that your illness cannot be cured can be a daunting experience. The presence of a supportive family member or friend can help you cope with the news and hear out everything the doctor has to say.

When it comes to coping with the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, everyone has their own unique ways of facing the news and handling the stress that comes with it. There is no right or wrong way to feel when you hear bad news about your condition. Initially you might feel numb and unable to take in the news, or strangely calm and matter-of-fact. As time passes, you may experience a range of emotions.

It is normal to feel-

  • Shock
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Denial
  • Helplessness
  • Sadness
  • Frustration
  • Relief
  • Acceptance

At times, you may feel isolated and alone, even if you have family and friends around you. Whatever you feel, you do not have to go through it alone. Ask your doctor about becoming part of palliative care support groups or consulting a palliative care specialist who can help you cope with your condition, in addition to the care you are already receiving.