It's what no one ever wants to hear. "The test results have come back positive."
And yet it's quite likely that you, a loved one or both will one day be given a serious health diagnosis that throws your world into uncertainty, confusion and fear. That means you have two choices:
- Wish and hope that you or someone you care about never gets really bad news from a physician-and be forced to react quickly and emotionally if that does happen.
- Be proactive and get a handle now on the best steps to take if you're faced with a major medical diagnosis.
You can likely guess which approach we recommend. With that in mind, we asked one of the nation's top concierge physicians-Dr. Dan Carlin of WorldClinic-for his best advice on what to do (and not do) when the news about your health is really bad.
When faced with a shocking medical diagnosis, it's natural to let emotions-sadness, anger, depression-take over. Another common emotional response, fear, causes many people in these situations to want to immediately hit the ground running and take action for action's sake-for example, by starting whatever treatment is most readily available.
Carlin's advice: Slow down. Start by internalizing two foundational concepts that will help guide you through this process more successfully.
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