I know the feeling all too well: You get a call or go to the doctor and hear news you weren’t expecting. Or maybe you were. Either way, your head goes spinning into a whirlwind of “what ifs” and “What does this even mean?”
That was my experience, at least, when I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier this year. No one used the “c” word when they called me on the phone to give me my diagnosis—it wasn’t until I hung up with the doctor and did a search for my disease did it really hit me. I was told by my doctor that this was highly treatable, but she left out the part where it was an incurable, chronic disease I’d have for the rest of my (hopefully very long) life. Then come the countless doctor's appointments, tests, and meetings with specialists.
After days, weeks, and months of questioning and uncertainty, I am finally settling into my new reality. Though I still have tons of questions, I have found comfort in controlling what I can and trying my very best not to worry about what I can’t. Here are some of my best tips on how to handle this challenging time.