What if My Biopsy is Positive?
My biopsy is positive
Please don't panic! Now is the time to educate yourself so that you can make informed decisions about the choices that exist.
Talk to your doctor. Get a second opinion or even a third. A wait of a month from a positive biopsy to some form of treatment is not unusual. While you should not delay, you can take your time to gather information and avoid making hasty decisions. Gather information about your disease, because the more information you have, the more you'll feel in control of your situation. Feeling in control goes a long way toward making it easier to cope and make decisions. Please be aware that not all information you get will be accurate or reliable, so it's vital to get second opinions.
You might consider getting a second phone line or call waiting so that you are always available to take calls that are being returned to you.
It's all right to be sad and scared, but it's so important to laugh. Having a sense of humor, even if it's "dark" humor, will be helpful. Read joke books or see a slapstick movie. Ask your friends and family to tell you their best (or worst) jokes. Laughter can have healing effects physically and emotionally. Physical activity is also good for your sense of well being, so find the time to take a walk, ride your bike, or swim. Practice deep breathing exercises and maybe even meditation in the form of yoga. These can be very relaxing, and some studies have shown that they boost the immune system.
If you have insurance, make sure you read your policy carefully. Find out the time limits for reporting, how to get forms you need, and whether you need pre- authorization to go into the hospital. If you don't have insurance, talk to your doctor or nurse about how to handle the cost of treatments.