How do you retain optimism when waiting for (likely) unwanted news?
I've been struggling with a major medical problem for several years now. I've remained optimistic about my chances for long-term recovery: as long as there were stones unturned, I figured an accurate diagnosis would result in useful treatment. Well, today was essentially that last stone. While nothing is definite (imaging later this week, follow-up next week), the doctor seemed fairly confident that he'd seen this before and knew what it was.
But there's no treatment.
"Degenerative" and "lifelong pain" are not phrases I wanted to hear. I admit I'm scared and I'm worried about things like whether I can return to the job I love. However, I know there's no point catastrophizing until I have more information next week.
Any suggestions from the wise deals.woot crew on remaining optimistic until I have some definite answers? I'm doing this entirely alone (no family) and in a place where I don't know many people (closest friend is out of town), so I don't have a great deal of support.