A breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening and overwhelming. While everyone reacts differently to difficult news, there are certain coping strategies that are helpful for many women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Consider the following information and consult your breast cancer care surgeon for guidance.
Talk to Your Doctor
The unknown is always intimidating, so communicate with your doctor to learn as much as possible about what is going on in your body, what your treatment options are, and what you can expect throughout the process. Creating a trusting and open relationship with your doctor is essential for your emotional health.
Talk to Survivors
Breast cancer survivors understand what you are going through and can provide you with insight and support. Support groups can be found in many cities, and organizations such as the Breast Cancer Network of Strength or CancerCare can connect you with survivors through the phone or online. Your doctor may be able to connect you to a local organization.
A breast cancer diagnosis can trigger difficult emotions. It may be helpful to speak with a counselor or social worker. You may also find comfort in speaking to a religious or spiritual figure.
Surround Yourself with Loved Ones
Your friends, family, and partner can provide great emotional support for you. Accept offers of help, and don’t be afraid to ask for things you need, whether it’s a conversation, a hug, or a hot meal.
Take Care of Yourself
Try to stay as mentally and physically active as you feel you can. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine will help you feel as well as possible and enable you to heal more quickly. Make time for quality sleep and keep yourself occupied with things you enjoy.
For more information about breast cancer treatment and support, contact Dr. Marla W. Dudak, MD. Call (888) 418-6759 today to schedule an appointment.