How Do You Deal with the Stress of a Cancer Diagnosis?

A Cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for any person, and stress is natural, so we had the chance to see how other patients with cancer have dealt with their diagnosis and its accompanying stress.
BY Jessica Skarzynski
PUBLISHED January 22, 2020
A cancer diagnosis is one of the most life-changing things an individual can go through. But how does one cope with the stress that comes with a diagnosis? CURE® recently asked the members of its social media audience to share their tips and tricks for dealing with the pressure of receiving a diagnosis. Here are some of their responses:

“It has not been just one thing but many that have helped — the most important being my ever-growing faith in taking life one day at time!” — JB

“Loving yourself and having fun.” — DS

“Adrenaline took over for four years. Now 10 years post-cancer diagnosis of my 6-year-old, I’m dealing with it through counselors and psychiatry.” — AS

“I had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. My church family, friends, and neighbors were praying for me … I also tried to stay positive as my son had cancer at the same time as I did. I’m sad to say I lost him, but I know where God has him. In May, I will be a 10-year survivor, praise the Lord.” — JL

“Journaling and prayer.” — MS

“I got into a routine, talked with my husband, walked, rested and took care of myself.” — WS

“I have hope.” — DJ

“Try to divide and conquer. It’s extremely difficult though ... seems every day presents a new challenge. The illness is just one small piece.” — MGT

“I had a strong inner circle … fed my brain and listened, too. I kept a notebook daily and listed what I was grateful for, all positive things or quotes I liked as well, and I wrote daily. And now I am cancer free.” — RC

“Faith, family and friends!” — CH

“I rode the roller coaster up and down every day. Whatever you do, don’t give up. It actually made me a stronger person, although I still suffer every day.” — AB

“Not well.” — MMM

“Arm yourself with information, exercise, rest, sleep, and eat healthy as you can on a schedule!” — PB

“Meditation has helped greatly. I use the Calm app and just love it!” — KKH

“Every person is different. I buried feelings deep inside and faced one day at a time after getting the news I had aggressive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. After completing chemo and hearing that I was in remission, I breathed easier — then got news of prostate cancer. So, I’m digging deeper.” — JM

“After the initial shock, I got so angry at this disease. Then I started to do my due diligence and acted accordingly.” — CF

“Praying and meditation.” — EF

“Family support! You will forever be changed.” — ST

“Keeping a positive attitude for the most part. Focused on how to cure the problem, not add to it, by too much worry. Funny, but I seemed to stress more after (I was) done with treatments. I’m trying to exercise more these days, too.” — MM

“Got every book on the subject from our local library. Wrote questions for further discussion … Learned as much as I could.” — JR

“Faith in God was foremost, and the love and presence of family and friends were invaluable. I also had the gift of having an Imerman Angels mentor who had been diagnosed with the same cancer. He was a beacon of hope every day and someone I could talk with who totally understood what was in my head!” — CVS

“One day at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself.” — NW

“Exercise got me through surgery, chemo and radiation three times. Focus on things you can do and pick something special to shoot for when you finish treatment.” — KR

“Doing my normal routine as much as possible.” — KP
 
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