Most people feel overwhelmed when they are told they have cancer. Many different emotions arise which can cause confusion and frequent mood swings. You might not experience all the feelings discussed below or experience them in the same order. This does not mean, however, that you are not coping with your illness.
Reactions differ from one person to another – there is no right or wrong way to feel.
These emotions are part of the process that many people go through in trying to come to terms with their illness. Partners, family members and friends often experience similar feelings and frequently need as much support and guidance in coping with their feelings as you do.