How to cope with your emotions through your cancer journey
After a cancer diagnosis, you may experience a whole host of emotions. Feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, mood swings, and depression are common. These are natural emotions to feel. Be kind to yourself and take all the time you need to deal with these feelings. Remember that the feelings you are experiencing are perfectly normal and there are others like you struggling with the same issues.
You may find it difficult to believe that you have been diagnosed with cancer. In addition to feeling shocked and numb
A cancer diagnosis inevitably brings with it a sense of loss – a loss of good health and well-being, and loss of the life a person had before they learned they had the disease. It is normal to feel sad and cry upon hearing your diagnosis, while undergoing treatment and even while you are recovering. When you’re feeling sad, you may feel weak and have very little energy, and even experience a lack of appetite.
Sometimes, these feelings and symptoms decrease over time, as you learn to adjust to your new situation. However, in some cases, these painful feelings don’t get better; they instead become stronger and prevent you from leading your daily routine. This may be a medical condition called depression. It is difficult to determine why depression occurs, but in most cases, depression can be treated and managed. Here are some common symptoms of depression Emotional signs Body changes:
Every cancer patient goes through a phase of asking “Why me?” and being angry at their situation. You may feel anger and resentment towards your doctor, your family or friends. If you’re religious, you may even feel angry with God.
If you are experiencing extreme anger, remember that you don’t have to pretend that everything is okay. It is never a good idea to keep your feelings bottled up inside you. Talk to your clinical team or your loved ones about how you feel. We also encourage you to connect with a professional, who can help you find the support that’s right for you. Sometimes, anger can be helpful, since it can motivate you to take action.
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