Coping with Breast Cancer

The long and uphill struggle against breast cancer can be daunting for anyone. A woman dealing with breast cancer will feel alone and frightened. Here a few simple tips for coping with breast cancer will help anyone cope with this challenge.

Don’t keep it in. It’s perfectly natural to feel angry, sad or scared when given the news that you have breast cancer.

Find a friend. It’s therapeutic to talk with someone you completely trust. Talk to your priest, husband, lover or friend. Unload your feelings of helplessness and whine about the unfairness of fate.

Hug therapy. Physical contact during these trying times is like a godsend. A hug will transmit comfort and support for when you badly need it. Find someone to hug at least once a day and you’ll find yourself buoyed by the support.

Trust in the higher power. There are no atheists in a fox hole. Tapping into your heretofore untapped spirituality can be a great source of comfort.

Seek help. You may feel yourself overwhelmed with both the responsibilities of your life and the fears of cancer. Go to a relative or a very close friend for help with the daily chores. It is harder for you to concentrate on everyday mundane matters when your mind is grasping with fears about your body and mortality.

Find the time to relax. This maybe hard especially with all of your anxieties but finding the time every day to just relax and let go will give you a moral boost. Go outside and bask in the sun for a few minutes or take a lap around the swimming pool.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. One of the unhealthy coping mechanisms some women develop after being diagnosed with cancer is trying to prove that they can handle anything. Cut back on some of the commitments you may have before and after treatment. Don’t take on new responsibilities. It’s acceptable to say no. Going out for gym and PTA meetings won’t prove anything.

Maintain an active sex life. Losing breast after treatment can make some women feel insecure about their bodies and their self-worth. A year after surgery most women have already adjusted to the loss. You should remember that losing a body part doesn’t decrease from who you are neither will it make any less desirable to your partner.

Give yourself time to grieve. You may find yourself crying late at night and feeling like you’ve lost something. This is a result of shock and not because of the drugs and treatment. Crying will help with the emotional healing. It’s perfectly natural so give yourself time to handle all the stress.

Know your disease. There are a number of publications out there for women with breast cancer. There are specifics about the cancer, treatment, new research and more. Take the time to read on the material and you’ll be better informed and less fearful on confronting your disease.

Redefining your body image. Losing a breast doesn’t define who you are. It is only a part of the whole. Feeling at one with your body may take some time but remember that it doesn’t detract from your general well-being.

Participate in support groups. It can be relieving to know that you are not alone. Talking with other women who have survived breast cancer can be an empowering experience. You can learn other ways of coping as well as finding that others have gone through what you are going through.