I read about Katie Couric when she had discovered or been told that she had breast cancer. Her quote was that as soon as her doctor told her she felt sick and she thought the room started to spin. I can totally relate to that as I’m sure anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer can. The important thing is what do you do after that moment?
One of our core concepts that we talk about in the book and on our online posts is the concept of “Getting Yourself Together.” It’s hugely important. It doesn’t really matter how you react when you’re told you have cancer. Most everybody (even somebody as poised, confident and accomplished as Katie Couric) is going to have a reaction just like everyone else. What matters is what you do afterwards. Take the time you need to process it, but then work on getting it together. It’s hugely important.