realizing the possible risks of the illness, managing the associated anxiety and uncertainity, and developing and following through on a strategy to improve one’s health in hopes of getting better
developing strategies to deal with the illness, seeking out and arranging for cures and treatments, trying to understand the disease, etc.
managing the disease’s symptoms and the side effects of treatment, getting back to as normal a life as possible, trying to manage stress, maximizing social support, etc.
whether to continue curative treatments or to focus on palliative ones, preparing for death and saying goodbye, and finding meaning in one’s own life and death
|dealing with the aftereffects of the illness and treatment, the anxiety of a possible recurrence of the disease, viewing life differently, and redefining one’s place in the world