After finding out you have cancer, you may feel shocked, upset, anxious or confused. These are normal responses.
At first, most people need some time to adjust to the fact that they have cancer. They need time to think about what’s most important in their lives and get support from loved ones. For many, this is an emotionally hard time. You’ll likely need some time to absorb and understand what your diagnosis and treatment options mean for you and your loved ones.
People cope with cancer just like they cope with many other problems in life – each person does it in their own way. With time and practice, most people find ways to go on with their work, hobbies, and social relationships. They find new or different ways to live their lives to the fullest. As you look for a way of coping that works for you, you may want to try some of these ideas:
Cancer and depression
Many people go through a time of grief and sadness when they first learn that they have cancer. They grieve the loss of health and certainty in their lives. This sadness may seem like depression, but it’s not the same. Grieving – feeling sadness, fear, anger, or going through crying spells – is a common reaction to learning you have cancer. It usually doesn’t last a long time, and is a normal, healthy response to such a profound change in a person’s life. You can learn more in Anxiety,Fear, and Depression. Depressed people often have very low energy, decreased drive to do things, and trouble making decisions. They also may feel useless or helpless. Depression can make it much harder to keep up with cancer treatment plans.
Finding hope having cancer doesn't mean you have to lose hope. The outlook for many cancers is improving constantly. Some cancers can be treated successfully, while others can be controlled. If the cancer can't be controlled, symptoms can be relieved to make life more comfortable. It's still possible to live well.
A diagnosis of bowel cancer affects each person differently. For most it will be a difficult time, however some people manage to continue with their normal daily activities.
Over time, you may find that your strong feelings about cancer fade. However, this may not happen, instead you may continue to feel worried and upset and these feelings can interfere with your life. If so please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to help manage these feelings.