After you've had a mastectomy, you'll have a lot of things on
your mind. You may think about the fact that you've just been
treated for a serious disease. You've had an operation that has
changed your appearance, perhaps your self-image. You might wonder
how the mastectomy will affect your lifestyle and your personal
relationships. You might even be unsure how to act toward your
family and friends.
Though every woman reacts to mastectomy differently, these types
of concerns are common. Just as you will be taking action to help
yourself physically recover from treatment, you can take steps to
ease your emotional adjustment as well.
Expressing your feelings to your doctor and the people you love
can be important emotional medicine. If you try to handle your
problems alone, everyone will lose. You will lose chances to
express yourself, your family and friends will lose opportunities
to share your difficulties and help you work through them, and your
doctor may not understand what you need to fully recover.
Remember, your family and close friends can be your strongest
supporters. But chances are, they aren't quite sure how they can
show their support. You can help them by being open and honest
about the way you feel.