A diagnosis of cancer means you will have to deal with issues and situations that may be very frightening and challenging.
Common fears and thoughts about cancer include:
- ‘I don’t want to lose my independence and freedom’
- ‘I don’t want my family or friends to treat me differently’
- ‘I don’t know how I’ll cope financially’
- ‘I might miss out on a promotion or lose important work contacts’
- ‘I may have to make big changes to my lifestyle’
- ‘I may die’.
These are likely to be very real concerns for you and those close to you. When life feels uncertain, it can help to talk about your hopes and fears. It’s fine to worry about and be upset by them. And it’s fine to cry and say how you feel when things get tough.
There are many benefits of talking about your feelings and organisations are available to offer support.
Most people feel overwhelmed when they are told they have cancer. There is no right or wrong way to feel – reactions vary and people have different emotions at different times.
You will probably have a variety of emotions, which may cause confusion and frequent mood swings. These changing emotions are part of the process many people go through when dealing with their illness.