Hearing the news that you may be reaching the end of your life can be very difficult. You may be aware that your illness is progressing, but you might find it hard to believe what you’re hearing, or feel that it’s like a nightmare and you’ll wake up and find it’s not true.
The initial shock and disbelief may be replaced after a few hours or days by powerful and often overwhelming emotions. These may make it difficult for you to think clearly. You’re likely to need some time on your own or with your partner, a relative or close friend to deal with the news.
Some people find it easier to talk to someone outside their family. If you think this would be helpful, you can talk to your doctor or specialist nurse, or you can search for a useful support organisation to contact. They will be able to talk things through with you.