However you feel about your LHON diagnosis, it is important to remember that your emotions are natural and personal to you. People will react differently, but it is not uncommon to feel grief for a past life that appears to have been lost. It is important to seek help if you become depressed or overwhelmed by these emotions and feel you are unable to cope. Some people find professional counselling helps whilst others prefer to talk to someone already affected by LHON who can relate to their situation and offer practical as well as emotional support. In the beginning, it may feel like you are alone but there are many people in the LHON community; patients, family and friends, who are willing to share their experiences. Loss of confidence is common amongst those affected by sight loss as tasks that were once routine suddenly seem impossible. With support, advice and a lot of patience, you will be able to regain your independence.