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Handling The News – Dealing With A Diagnosis

By Lauren McDonald

No one wants to find themself on the receiving end of bad news from their doctor. How do you cope if it happens to you?

Initial reaction

Learning you have a serious health condition can come as a big shock, even if you were expecting the worst. In the initial moments after hearing the news, you might find it difficult to focus and take in what your doctor says about your prognosis (the likely outcome of your illness) and treatment options. This is perfectly normal.

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