Cancer and Your Feelings
There is no right or wrong way to feel after a cancer diagnosis. You are likely to feel many different emotions.
It’s natural to have many different thoughts and feelings after a cancer diagnosis. Some people feel upset, shocked or anxious, while others feel angry, guilty or alone. There is no right way for you to feel.
Emotions can be difficult for you, and people close to you, to deal with. You may find that some feelings pass with time, while others last longer. Try to find a way of coping that suits you.
It’s impossible to know how you will react to a diagnosis of cancer.
Common feelings include:
- shock and disbelief
- guilt and blame
- a loss of control, independence and confidence
- sorrow and sadness
- loneliness and isolation
- fear and uncertainty
There are many ways to manage your emotions. Sharing your thoughts and feelings is often a good place to start. Try talking with someone close. Remember, help is always available if you need it. Speak to your doctor, family or friend if you are struggling to cope.