Lung Cancer Essay

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In 2008 my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had many questions as to why this was happening. My mother is my rock. She has always been there for me. I was utterly crushed knowing that my mother was going to die. I spend my days now wondering when and where it is going to happen my heart still flutters when I get a late night call. What I have learned is that people need to know how to cope with such a horrible disease. Coping with cancer can be very hard, but it is very important to learn how to cope properly. There are nearly 12 million people from America alone today that have faced a diagnosis of cancer. Some of them recently have been diagnosed or are going through treatment, while others no longer have active symptoms of cancer or are thought to be cured. There are many types of cancers out there and no two people with cancer are alike. Every person has their own way of coping with cancer. (Holland, 2001) When a person is told that they have cancer it does not only effect the person who is diagnosed it effects family and friends also. The person may feel scared, angry, depressed, or even uncertain about their future. It is not uncommon for people to shut down once they hear the word “cancer”. (Brunning, 2002) There is nothing fair about cancer that’s for sure and no one deserves to have it! I feel compassionate for anyone diagnosed or their family members because it is hard to take and having cancer is not easy and the treatment is harder. Many cancer patients are in shock at first. They feel guilt and ask themselves many questions like what I could have done better to not have acquired cancer. (Brown, 1999) Accepting the diagnosis and figuring out what kind of cancer you have and what the treatment options are would be the first step in the coping process. One thing I must stress is to make well informed decisions about your treatment

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