It’s normal to feel sadness after you have been diagnosed with cancer. Patients and survivors can reflect with sadness to the changes and path their life has taken, the loss of good health and the ability to do some of the activities they once enjoyed. It’s important to let someone else know when you’re in a rough patch. Don’t pretend, or put on a “happy face,” if you don’t really feel that way. You don’t have to keep calm and carry on.
By attempting to act cheerful you are not helping others to understand your mood changes. You’re allowed to freak out, stop for a moment and ask for help. Take a few minutes each day to jot down your thoughts, feelings, anxieties, or simply how you’re coping so far.
We include a journal in our Kit for Cancer case.. Pop your thoughts in there and discuss your feelings with your medical team. It these feelings are constant they may advise with a counsellor or go to a support group.
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