5 Ways to Cope With a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

(Originally Posted on Oct 29, 2015)

When you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s a heartbreaking and devastating moment that you’ll never forget. And while it’s difficult to maintain a positive disposition at a time like this, there are a few ways to lift your spirits. Here are five ways to cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. 

#1: Talk to your doctor

Your doctor will be able to filter out all of the noise that’s out there about breast cancer and tell you what you really need to know about the diagnosis. The more expert knowledge you have, the more comfortable you’ll be in dealing with what breast cancer really is. Take in small bits of information at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with it all at once.

#2: Get involved

When you get involved with the many people who work to support breast cancer awareness, you won’t feel alone. You’ll be able to hear stories from breast cancer survivors and get tips from people who have gone through what you’re going through. Look into support groups, breast cancer walks, and local community meetings.

#3: Stay connected with family and friends

Some people may want to shut out the world when they discover they have breast cancer, but you should actually do the opposite. Keep your friends and family close by your side. Talk to them about what you’re going through. While you don’t have to tell every co-worker or person you’re passing by the situation, you’ll want a few people that you can always turn to when it gets hard or you’re feeling low. By keeping them in the know, they’ll be able to help you through every stage you go through.

#4: Stay active

Go for walks in the park, stick with your workout routine, enjoy beautiful days, and just stay active as much as you can. Exercise in any form will help keep your stress levels down and take your mind off what you’re going through. It will be a nice break in your day to take thirty minutes or so just for yourself.

#5: Let people love you

While you might not want people to make a big fuss about it, don’t turn them away either like nothing is going on. Allow people to offer you love and support because they are going through this as well. Even though they aren’t the ones that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t coping themselves. Take time with the most important people in your life and let them tend to your needs when the occasion is right.

At Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology, we understand what a difficult time a breast cancer diagnosis is for you and your family, and we are here to help you through it. Together we can fight and stand united. Don’t hesitate to visit us at our Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach locations, or feel free to call us at 561-434-0111 with any questions you have about women’s health.

Dr. Lorna Williams

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