Most of the time, colon cancer is caught early and treated quickly. Unfortunately, sometimes it isn’t caught in time, or the treatment proves ineffective. And even when the physical disease is defeated, it can leave lasting emotional scars.
That’s why it’s important to develop a support plan. If you can, enlist your friends and family to help you with day to day tasks, as well as bearing some of the emotional weight. Facing a cancer diagnosis can be a scary time; allow yourself to find it scary, and to talk to people about it.
At the same time, do what you can to mitigate the scariness. Educate yourself as much as you can: about what colon cancer is, about treatment options, about how it will—and won’t—affect your life. Take comfort that very few people die of colon cancer.
Many people find that connecting with other survivors helps them. Ask your doctor or look on the Internet for colon cancer support groups in your area.