• You are your own advocate. Fight for you. If you think you need a second opinion, get one.
  • Take someone to your appointment with you to take notes and listen. Record what the doctor says​ with your phone.
  • Get an expandable file folder to retain and keep a copy of all paperwork, lab results, scans (request them on a disk)​.
  • Have your caregivers name, number, and email on all forms- you may not feel up to getting results or speaking to anyone.
  • Gather your team – all doctors, caregivers, family, friends – and tell them what you need. People want to help. Let them. You will both be blessed.
  • Don’t let your insurance dictate where you get treatment or what doctor you use. You can work around everything.
  • Find others that are also dealing with cancer. They can give you great advice.
  • It is difficult not to panic in the beginning. However, we have learned that the information given to you at first is usually the worst-case scenario. Hold on! There is better news around the corner.
  • Your mind is powerful – fill it with positive thoughts!
  • When diagnosed you must take care of your mind, body, and soul. Cancer not only affects the physical. A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on life. All feelings are normal – sad, angry, fearful, etc. It is normal to grieve for the normal life you had. It is perfectly fine to see a counselor to sort out your feelings. If you need to take an antidepressant, take one. Always check with your oncologist first so that there are no drug interactions.