After you have completed treatment, 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 and hope this
treatment will control your cancer forever. Breast cancer often has
a dramatic emotional impact and you may be wondering how it will
affect your lifestyle and your personal relationships. You might
even be unsure how to act toward your family and friends.
Although every woman reacts to breast cancer 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.
If informal approaches to dealing with your feelings don't work,
consider professional help. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social
workers, nurses, and religious counselors can help your emotional