Another diagnosis? How do you cope?

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2013-11-21 08:47:33 -0600
Started 2013-09-22 20:05:53 -0500

“I just got hit with a new diagnosis. Now what do I do?”

A new diagnosis means change. New symptoms, maybe limitations. Treatment regimens. Adjusting your routine to accommodate additional medications. Concerns about interactions and side effects. Lifestyle changes. Annoying, if not downright disruptive. And what does all of this mean for the future?

The normal reaction to the challenge of a new diagnosis – no matter how expected or unexpected, denied or dreaded – is to feel some combination of fear, uncertainty and doubt, along with a lot of other emotions.

In many ways, dealing with a new diagnosis can leave you feeling like you did when you were first diagnosed. Sure you’ve been here before. But that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier when you find yourself here again.

It’s time to add some more muscle to your coping skills. I wrote an article that you might want to check out. Here is the link:

Have you had to deal with additional diagnoses? If so, what was it like for you? Any experiences and wisdom to share? Need some support?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

4 replies

Te Ja
Te Ja 2013-11-16 18:09:52 -0600 Report

On top on everything I already have, I then get the diagnoses that I have diabetes. At first I was really upset, then I did a complete life style change, lost 80lbs, for the last 1 1/2 I have been able to control my sugar just by diet. I'll do what ever it take to stay healthy for myself and my family.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-11-21 08:47:33 -0600 Report

Hi Ta Ja,

Wow, thanks for sharing your empowered attitude with us. That's fantastic. That's what I call facing life on life's terms, and using your diagnosis as a motivator to take better care of yourself. Congratulations on the weight loss! And thanks for sharing this with us!


Maja1959 2013-10-26 18:05:21 -0500 Report

Very upsetting why do I still get clots right out of the blue! STILL waiting for hematologist to call back..

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-11-09 14:23:08 -0600 Report


Nice to see you. I am not a physician so I am sorry to say I can't tell you anything that might be helpful. I hope you have heard back from your hematologist at this point. Please keep us posted on how you're doing!


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