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Receiving the Diagnosis - with Adrienne

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Video Transcript: I‚Äôm Adrienne. And I am a patient partner with ECANA. I am, going on¬†two-year¬†survival of endometrial cancer, and I think where¬†I‚Äôm¬†going to be most useful is to talk about receiving my diagnosis. Not just hearing¬†it, but¬†receiving it. I was surprised by the numbness that overcame me, not immediate fear, not immediate worry ‚Äď more like, ‚ÄúOK - so let me just move on with my world,‚ÄĚ you know? And it wasn‚Äôt until I sat down and really thought about how much change this was going to bring to my life that I started to¬†have¬†feelings about it, have emotions about it. What I learned however, was that it made¬†me¬†more tenacious. I wanted to know. Because having not thought about a¬†future, or¬†having been complacent in where I was in my present, it reminded me that I'd never thought about a future, I'd never thought about what I¬†wanted¬†my future to look like. And I sure didn‚Äôt want my future to¬†end with a cancer diagnosis. So, I decided that I was going to get in front of information, so that when information was given to me, I was able to back that up with a question. I was not¬†ogin¬†got let the doctor shovel me out of the room. I was going to¬†be sure to know the¬†language¬†so I could understand what he was saying. If I didn‚Äôt¬†understand, ‚Äúwait a minute ‚Äď explain that to me again, like I‚Äôm a¬†six year-old.‚ÄĚ ¬†So, I think we almost think¬†hearing the word cancer, it‚Äôs the end of the world. But, for some people it might be the beginning of a new you.¬†¬†