It’s important to have someone with you at doctor’s appointments when you’re dealing with a cancer diagnosis. I’ve written in the past that people often experience a brain freeze when they are first diagnosed. They hear little after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, you have cancer.”

For some people, though, the issue is more of selective hearing. That is, they hear only what their brains are ready to hear.

Here are a couple of examples:

The doctor says, “I highly recommend that you undergo chemotherapy for your cancer because it will significantly reduce your risk of a recurrence.” The patient replies, “I don’t want chemotherapy and you can’t force me to have it.”

The doctor says, “Of course I won’t force you to do anything against your will. It’s ultimately your decision and I will support you in whatever you decide.”

The patient later reports to her family that, “The doctor said I don’t need to have chemotherapy.”  Click here to read more…