How distressing it can be

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How distressing it can be

by Goodbook on Fri Jan 24, 2020 02:41 AM

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When I learned that I had cancer in my lung and colon, I thought that I had just received a death sentence. But after I got home from the doctor, I thought, ‘OK, it’s not what I expected, but I have to find a way to deal with this.’”?—Linda, aged 71.

“I suffer from a debilitating nerve syndrome on the left side of my face. On occasion, the severe pain has caused me to fall into depression. Many times, I felt alone and even contemplated suicide.”?—Elise, aged 49.

IF YOU or a loved one has been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness, you know how distressing it can be. In addition to the disease itself, you have to deal with fragile emotions. Fear and anxiety can be intensified by nerve-racking medical appointments, difficulty obtaining or paying for treatment, or the unpleasant side effects of medications. The mental anguish associated with serious illness can be overwhelming.

Where can we turn for assistance? Many have found that their greatest comfort comes from leaning on God in prayer and reading comforting passages found in the Bible. Another help may come through the love and support that family and friends can provide.

RE: How distressing it can be

by ToddlerFather on Sat Jan 25, 2020 05:01 PM

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If my case (metastastic thyroid cancer), psychiatric medication and councelling is doing the job. But whatever works for one, is the right thing to do: psychiatrist, priest, meditation... 

... as for family and friends, it usually works best to only tell your spouse. People have a wrong view of cancer as a death sentence, and it becomes troublesome to deal with lots of people treating you like you are dying. You might even be convinced of that if so many people think that. 

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