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EMOTIONAL HEALTH /// CHAPTER 68
Feelings
Fear
Doesn't matter how tough,
mature or brave you are
- finding out you have
cancer can scare the crap
out of you. Some fear may
be based on facts about
what will happen or about
the changes to your life.
But other fear is based
on things imagined. Most
people feel less scared
when they know the honest
truth about what to expect.
Learning about your cancer
and its treatment can help.
Admitting that you are
afraid, and that it's okay to
be afraid, can also be a big
relief.
Uncertainty
While there are
advancements in medical
knowledge being made all
of the time - and it's a fact
that most young people
do survive cancer - it is
impossible for a doctor
to give a 100% guarantee
that your treatment will be
successful or that cancer
will never return. This
uncertainty can be one of
the most challenging parts
of cancer. No one knows
exactly what's going to
happen, making it hard
to plan for the future. But
it is possible to live with
uncertainty and not feel
overwhelmed by the things
that you cannot control.
This is a skill that can be
learned and practiced over
time.
Anger
Feeling angry is normal -
and totally understandable!
You might feel like it's just
not fair, any you may be
asking, " Why me? " You
may even judge yourself
for feeling that way or
for experiencing anger.
Anger can range from mild
irritation to full-blown rage.
Sometimes anger can hide
other feelings like fear or
sadness.
You might find yourself
being snappy with your
family, friends, doctors and
nurses and everybody else.
That's normal too, so don't
feel guilty. It is OK to feel
angry, but there are good
and bad ways to express
it. See " If it all seems too
much " for some tips on
releasing the rage.
Here are some common
emotions you may be
experiencing along
your cancer journey:
Sadness
There are lots of reasons
to feel sad when you
have cancer. This is very
normal. Sometimes the
people around us expect
us to be " just the right
amount of sad " - not too
much, but also not too
little. Sadness may come
and go and it's ok to want
to be sad and cry, even
for a few hours. This is
OK, but if you find you
are shutting yourself off
most of the time and never
want to talk to anyone,
this may also be a sign
that you are depressed.
If you find that sadness
doesn't seem to go away,
that it is starting to get in
the way of other things,
or that you are starting
to lose hope (thinking
that things will never get
better), then you might be
depressed. Depression is
a serious condition, but it
can be treated. For more
on depression, see " If it all
seems too much. "
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