Very often the first response to a cancer diagnosis is a mild form of denial, called healthy denial. In this stage, you might ask the question, “Are they sure the test is correct/complete/my results?” It is so common for a patient to share with me that they ask themselves one of these questions. They also report waking up to the next day asking themselves, “Is this really happening?” It is so important to be patient with yourself in this stage. As you share your news with those closest to you, and as you continue with your medical appointments, the situation will become more real to you. As this happens, other emotions such as anger or sadness may become apparent to you. This is the stage where you should reach out for help. This is also the time to start on an information-gathering quest. You need to be heard and you need to find credible, critical information about your diagnosis. A cancer diagnosis is a very personal and individualized thing; your life is about to be affected in ways you had not imagined, both positive and negative. Seek appropriate help.