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Adjusting Emotionally

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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Adjusting Emotionally

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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 adjustment.

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