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Your feelings and emotions

A diagnosis of a blood cancer can affect you emotionally as well as physically. We can help you to understand what you’re going through.

It’s natural to have a whole range of different thoughts, feelings and emotions after a blood cancer diagnosis and the emotional impact of a blood cancer can be just as difficult to cope with as the physical aspects of the disease.

Until you are diagnosed, there is no way of knowing how you will react and the impact it will have on you emotionally. Everybody is different and being told the news that you have a blood cancer will affect different people in different ways and there is no right way to feel.

Many people will experience many different feelings at different points in their blood cancer journey; for example, at the point of diagnosis, during treatment, at the end of treatment and during recovery.

It’s important for you to know that you will have good days, and not so good days; some feelings may feel strange or unfamiliar to you and you may feel as though you are on an emotional rollercoaster. These different feelings at different points in your diagnosis are perfectly normal and a valid response to a blood cancer diagnosis.

There are many ways to manage and cope with your emotions. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with loved ones, your partner or your GP can help.

If you need to talk to someone impartial about your blood cancer, our CARE Line is available 24/7 on 08088 010 444.

Published Feb 2016

Next planned review: Feb 2018