Coming to Terms with a Difficult Diagnosis

If a doctor gave you a dreaded diagnosis, how would you respond?

Tips for responding to a difficult diagnosis. Photo via Pexels, CC0 License.

Whenever we go to the doctors with symptoms that we’re not quite sure of, everyone thinks the same thing. Please, don’t let it be cancer or any of the other serious illness that is linked to suffering, pain and ultimately a bleak diagnosis. Thankfully, for most people, it’s not going to be the worst case scenario. If you have a lump on your body, it’s more likely to be a cyst than cancer. If you have a headache, it’s more likely to be a migraine or a stress induced pain rather than the first sign of a brain tumor.

However, others will receive that dreaded diagnosis. Even then though, it’s important not to panic because there are ways to cope with a difficult diagnosis.

Get a Second Opinion

You should not settle for the prognosis of one doctor, particularly if they say that your treatment options are limited. Instead, you should speak to a second doctor and see what they say. They might have a completely different perspective of the situation. Ultimately, you want to make sure you have a doctor who shares your point of view. If you are ready to fight the illness, you need a doctor ready to provide you with the treatment you need to do just that. You might not find a doctor like this when you receive your first diagnosis.

Talk to Family and Friends

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