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After jolt of a medical crisis, support is key as patients choose paths
Los Angeles Times

Every health crisis is different, but most have one thing in common: You are blindsided by the bad news. “It’s a time of upheaval, you feel out of control, anxious, you just don’t know what to do next,” says Amy Madnick, a licensed clinical social worker with UCLA Health System.

Whether it’s an urgent message from a doctor or an accident that lands you in the hospital, normal life is suddenly over. “You remember the moment you find out,” says novelist Sarah Addison Allen, who learned she had advanced breast cancer at age 39. “It came out of the blue. … It rocked my world.”