For most women, a breast cancer diagnosis leads to an emotional rollercoaster of anger, fear, helplessness and ultimately hope and strength. A study found that most older breast cancer survivors achieved emotional balance and well-being after treatment.
The researchers found that several factors seem to be associated with a greater chance of good emotional health:
- Having a good support network. The value of support from your family and friends is obvious, but support from other patients and survivors is also very powerful.
- Being and staying in good physical shape. There is growing evidence that shows exercise (and a healthy diet) can help maintain emotional well-being during and beyond breast cancer treatment.
- Having an excellent relationship with your doctor. A doctor who understands your situation, takes time to answer your questions, and truly is a partner in your care can make a big difference.
After your main breast cancer treatment is done, it's important to focus on what's now most important: your good health. You have to make sure you get the best ongoing care and live your best life.
Make a deal with yourself: you will do the best you can to love yourself, speak up for yourself, take care of yourself, and take advantage of the best medical care available. Remember, there's only one of you, and YOU deserve the best outcome possible, both physically and emotionally.