Just Diagnosed With Ovarian Cancer -- Now What?
Build a Good Support SystemRegardless of the treatment plan you choose, building a good support system can help you deal with many of the emotional and psychological obstacles you will face along the way. You can begin buildling this support system by talking to your close friends and family -- those who you trust most and who can help encourage you and be there when you need someone the most.
However, in some situations, it's difficult for friends or family to understand some of the issues you're facing because they have not been in that place before. This is where a support group consisting of others who are walking the road you are on can help give you strength.
Support groups can come in many different forms: personal group meetings, meetings held over the telephone, blogs, counselors, pastors, or Internet groups. It allows time for women who are at various stages in their treatment to discuss some of the feelings they are having and ways they are coping with different challenges in their life due to ovarian cancer.
However, keep in mind that every woman's situation is different. Although one woman may be facing certain challenges, it doesn't mean you will also face the same ones. But hearing how other women tackle their issues may help to give you the strength and confidence to keep pushing forward through some of the hard times that may be ahead.
Continuing the JourneyAlthough you may feel alone in your new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, it is important to know that there are many people out there who want to help you. Having family, friends, and a good support system can help you through every step of your journey, from your initial doctor visits to helping you decide what treatment plan is best for you, and in the emotional, spiritual, and psychological obstacles you will face.
Finding the right support system and healthcare team that will fight with you is crucial in your steps to overcoming ovarian cancer. Try not to think you have to do this alone. There are many others out there who are a great source of encouragement and can help you along the way, if you reach out to them.
Also, take the time you need to collect all the information you can and ask a lot of questions. No question or concern is too small. The more knowledgeable you become, the easier it will be for you to know which questions to ask to help minimize your own concerns and choose the right treatment plan for your particular situation.