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How to deal with a life changing diagnosis

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A cancer diagnosis is a devastating blow. Oftentimes, the trauma of the diagnosis is further worsened by well-intentioned people who simply don’t know how to respond to the news
  • The popular notion that “everything happens for a reason” can be particularly toxic when faced with a life-threatening illness
  • When speaking to someone who is suffering, don’t try to relate to their suffering by comparing it to something you’ve experienced. The way we experience suffering is uniquely our own, so hearing stories about someone else’s situation typically isn’t helpful
  • Don’t offer solutions and treatment strategies unless asked; don’t tell them their suffering is “part of God’s master plan” or has some greater purpose. Instead, make yourself available, be present with them and let them express how they feel about their diagnosis

In 2019, 1,762,450 Americans are expected to receive a diagnosis of cancer, and it doesn’t matter who you are, hearing “You have cancer” is a devastating blow. Oftentimes, the trauma of the diagnosis is further worsened by well-intentioned people who simply don’t know how to respond to the news.

A July 2019 article in The Atlantic addresses this sensitive issue. Taylor Lorenz tells the story of Kate Bowler, a 35-year-old historian and author of “Blessed,” a book that deals with “the origins of the notion that good things happen to good people.”


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