You have just been told that you have a life changing illness or condition.
Perhaps you've been told that you're now seen as disabled, that you may never be able to go back to work, that you may have to give up a job you enjoy and find something different instead, perhaps you've been struggling for a long time to do the things you've always taken for granted, that everyone else around you seems to do with apparent ease.
Perhaps you've been told you have cancer, perhaps that it's terminal and nothing more can be done.
You're so shocked and distraught that you can't think straight. You have no idea what to do next. People say things to try and help and you can hear them speaking but the words just don't make sense.
You feel overwhelming panic at what's going to happen next, what you're meant to do and how you're going to cope.
You may feel that your life is over right now and there's no point or purpose to even try to anything to make it better because it can never get better.
Your life has become a chaos of anxiety, worry, nightmares. You constantly flashback to the doctor telling you the diagnosis and you relive the horror as you slowly understood what the doctor's words meant for you and your future.
You feel that people, even your friends and family, are looking and treating you differently. It's like there's a wall between you and them and it feels so lonely.
There is so much you need to do and say, but it's so overwhelming that you have no idea where to start, so it becomes easier to do nothing. But you still can't eat or sleep. You keep wondering if maybe the doctor got it wrong or mixed up your notes with somebody else. Nothing seems real anymore.
You may be experiencing symptoms as in the chart below:
When You Have Been Diagnosed With A Life Changing Illness Or Condition
If you are experiencing symptoms like these, do see your GP as well as there may be additional treatment, help and support available to you. Please contact the Project if you think you might benefit from some trauma counselling .