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Topic 'Today I am feeling' - managing emotions

Share how you are feeling and swap tips for managing stress with other members and the online team

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Feeling scared

Started by Anonymous on 05 December 2017 at 09:17

I was at the Christie yesterday and I was told I have cancer. I feel scared and very tearful at the moment all I can think is I am going to die. The good news is there is a plan and the chemo starts soon. I am really looking for reassurance that the feelings I have now will get better and that life will get better

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    From SusieQ  
    05 December 2017 at 10:08
    Edited on: 05 December 2017 at 11:36


    Yesterday sounds a hard hitting day, and your emotions may feel very mixed today. A cancer diagnosis is generally a huge shock, and it's not uncommon to immediately fear the worst - even if practically, things will be OK.

    To be scared and tearful, is a normal reaction to such news, not that that offers comfort when you feel all over the place. People often find things feel a little less out of control, once the treatment begins, and it feels like something is being done.

    You may find a blog I wrote ... 'How to cope with a cancer diagnosis' a helpful read?  It has tips on how to cope with this beginning bit. We also have useful information in our Maggie's Cancerlink's section on 'Being told you have cancer', and 'managing emotions'.

    I dont know if you're near one of our Maggie's Centres, but there would be a warm welcome offered, and emotional and practical support available. It can help make sense of how you feel today...

    Many people here have had or are currently experiencing similar feelings - and I welcome their comments...hearing from people who've been there can help you less alone.

    I'll message you to say 'Hello'

    Warm wishes



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