Few words will ever have a more profound effect. The moment you hear them, you’re going from confusion to shock to grief to anger to fear and despair. It’s an emotional ride so exhausting it may take days just to function again. “I fell apart,” says Jane Swartzberg, mother of two. “I literally couldn’t get out of bed.”
But no matter how you reacted to the news, take heart. The human spirit, your spirit, is amazingly resiliant. Give yourself some time to work through these emotions. Once you do, you’ll get to a place where you can start thinking “Okay, I’m ready. What do I do now?"
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