You Can Get Through This – Coping With Bad Test Results

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Consult with medical professionals that offer the type of care you need. Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

When you’ve been feeling a bit run down for a while, you can easily become quite worried that something is wrong. It takes all your courage to make an appointment with your doctor, but you see it through and undertake a few tests. Of course, that earlier feeling of unease simply doesn’t compare to the shock you experience when the test results show up a problem. Now you have your diagnosis, what are you going to do?

Start by taking the time to gather your support network. This will include your family and friends. You need to make sure you have people you can talk to when you start to plan the best course of action. These are the people that love you most, and they will do whatever it takes to make sure they can help you in any way that you need. You might need a shoulder to cry on, or someone to hold your hand as you attend your next medical appointment.

Sometimes ill health occurs due to our lifestyle choices. If you think this may have influenced the test results, then start making changes. Make sure you’re getting plenty of rest and that you fit in some activity every day. Check the foods you eat for healthier alternatives and cut back on caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and candies. Healthy living can make an enormous difference to your feeling of well-being as well as your health.

Speak to the doctors that can help you most. You might want to ask for more tests or support. You can check websites like to determine the type of care you should be getting from your preferred medical professionals. When people receive bad news about their health, they want assurances that they are in the care of the very best people they can find. After all, they are the ones that need to help you fix this.

Once you’ve made those lifestyle changes and fully consulted with your medical professionals, it’s time to make a long-term plan. All of these short-term adjustments may not be as effective if you fail to stick to them. Make a list of the things that can still be improved. If work is too stressful, speak to your boss. They will need to hear that your working conditions might be contributing to your illness. After all, they have a duty of care to you.

If your illness continues to make you tired and uncomfortable, ask your kids and your spouse to take a more active role in running the household. Allocate chores that are appropriate for each person. This can take an enormous weight off your shoulders, and free up time for you to rest. Most importantly, it could free up some quality time to spend with your nearest and dearest.

Over time, you will become more accustomed to the symptoms you’re feeling. Hopefully, you will be in a position to improve your health and overcome the issues completely. Staying positive can be enormously helpful here. What can you improve today for a healthier future?


  1. Definitely have people designated to accompanying you to appointments, even if you feel well enough to go on your own. Bad news makes us not absorb anything that comes after it, so the patient can have trouble remembering what the doctor has said.

  2. I hope I don’t have to look this post up for a reminder any time soon!
    Funny thing, when something … not good … happens to me, my instinct is to hide. I’m not sure why I don’t reach out.

  3. Hi Christy…
    Great advice, you are becoming a trusted source of information on many levels of advice… smiles… say the Doctor today and the news is not what I wanted to hear. But alas I have some alternate options which are already in the works…

    Hugs from this side of the Rockies

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