What If It Is Cancer?
The “C” word. Waiting, waiting…what will it be. Before a diagnosis of “Cancer” is given, the anxiety producing waiting period can be quite maddening. The associated apprehension with waiting for the results of CT (Cat) scan, MRI’s, biopsies and the entire diagnosing process, can create quite a dark, mental, frightening effect. This feeling is heightened even more, for those who are not medically inclined. “Why do I need a CT/Cat Scan?” and “What’s a biopsy? A tissue sample from where?” These are all too familiar questions. The many tests and prodding seem intrusive to some. A feeling of loss of control ensues for many. This process can quickly become overwhelming. Please know that you are not alone.
Every year, thousands of people are touched by cancer. The new statistics shows that 1 in 4 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer was once thought to be distant and affect others due to the many Myths –
(I’m) too young
cancer is not in my family
I’m a good person
I’m in great shape
I don’t smoke and eat healthy
I’m religious, kind, don’t curse, etc.,
When brought face-to-face with cancer, many are forced to think about the inevitable – death and dying – for the first time. In most cases, a cancer diagnosis does NOT equal a death sentence. Many diagnosed with cancer are now living free of cancer and have been for many years. Thanks to medical advancement, others are living longer even with advance stage disease.
A cancer diagnosis is tough. It just is … TOUGH. The journey cannot be changed. However, with knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and treatment process, expected side effects, questions to ask your cancer team, and more, the process will be … palatable and manageable. Hope is the key ingredient. You can make it through, starting with a good foundation – cancer video e-Learning.
Come with me on this educational journey…