Having cancer means having to deal with issues and situations that may frighten and challenge you. There is no right or wrong way to feel. People have different reactions and emotions at different times. You may experience sudden changes in your moods and feelings. These emotions are part of the process many people go through when dealing with an illness.
Common fears and thoughts about cancer may 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. It’s fine to worry about them and be upset by them. And it’s fine to cry and say how you feel when things feel tough.
At any time after your cancer diagnosis, you may have the following feelings: