Coping with your emotions

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When anticipating scoliosis surgery, there are a wide range of emotions to be felt. Read about fears, feelings and coping advice from other teens.

Key points

  • Having surgery is very stressful and emotional. You may feel a wide range of feelings and emotions before, druing and after surgery, but it is important to realize that you are not alone.

Having surgery is very stressful and emotional. Before surgery, you might feel angry, depressed, hyper, or in denial. While in the hospital, you might feel scared, disoriented, confused, grouchy, or embarrassed about your personal hygiene. When you are back at home, you may feel scared to leave the hospital. You might also be afraid of being alone.

In this section, there are quotes from other teens who have gone through the same thing. Some of them may have put into words what you are feeling. It is important to realize that you are not alone.

This section also provides a lot of useful tips for coping with your fears. There are many things you can do to help ease your stress.

Last updated: June 1st 2008