Denial Illness continues from a list of articles on: The Seven Stages of Grief
The 7 Stages of Grief: 1
The first phase of the 7 stages of grief is shock and denial:
"They must have mixed up my test results with someone else's."
"The tests show negative so I can’t really be ill can I?"
"They can't tell me what it is so I can't be ill."
"How can I have got so ill?"
"This can't be happening to me."
We choose to believe that it isn't happening, although of course we know on some level that it is. We are therefore in a place of conflict.
This isn't a nice place to be, but – like all the other phases – this stage of grief is necessary.
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There is a time when it really is too much for us to believe this is
happening. Denial protects us by letting in only the information we can
I knew that I needed to pass through denial:
For a long time, I did not accept that I was ill.
A year and a half year after I got too ill to work, I finally wept because I accepted that 4 weeks from then I would probably still be ill. Probably.
Those tears were good tears. They were a sign that I was moving forward through the 7 stages of grief.
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