Antelope Valley Hospital is offering a free seminar Jan. 15 on “Dealing with a Devastating Diagnosis.”
The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster.
The panel of medical professionals presenting the program include Roger Girion, executive director of mental health services; clinical ethicist Miriam Piven Cotler; Dr. Daniel Khodabakhsh, emergency physician and medical director of palliative care; and Patricia Karnstedt, cancer program coordinator and cancer survivor.
“Learning you have a life-altering health condition can be scary and cause a number of emotional responses,” Girion said. “We want to provide helpful counsel and empathy for those whose world seems turned upside-down by a diagnosis.”
The hourlong lecture will explore:
n Common reactions to negative news about your health.
n Tools to help you navigate feelings of sadness, anger, fear or depression.
n How to share your news with others.
n Helpful tips for responding to others’ reactions to your condition.
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