After being diagnosed with breast cancer, it is normal to experience an immense turmoil of emotions. Most people who have gone through this say that there are four stages of emotions they experience. There is a stage of denial or disbelief. This could not actually be happening to you. Then there is anger, questioning why you should have this disease. After this, you start feeling numb, like you are looking at yourself from the outside. Finally, there is the stage of acceptance. You have it, and you need to deal with it.

Whatever anxieties and fears you may have with your diagnosis, there are ways to help you cope with your situation. Here are some of the things you can do during this journey.

Talk to others who are going through the same experience

We all have family and friends who will always be willing to listen to us. They can provide so much comfort. Knowing you are so loved is essential during these trying times. But they cannot completely relate to how you are feeling, and frequently, you may want to keep them free from more anxieties than what they are facing. You need a support system consisting of individuals who really understand you, those who are trying to cope themselves.

While not everyone can be meeting up with other individuals for many reasons, like the need to stay home, work-related activities and other time consuming activities, there are still ways to do it. There are excellent online support groups such as BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS that are ready to listen and help you cope wherever you may be. By having people around you who are experiencing the same emotions, you can share whatever you are feeling and know they will understand.

Keep looking good

There is no reason why you should forget about your physical appearance during this time. Trying to look your best is a good way of handling your feelings of apprehension and disquietude. When you look at yourself in the mirror and see a person who is neat and looking great, it really is a great lift of the spirits. Imagine how it would be if you decided to let go of yourself and forget about your personal appearance. You would just feel miserable.

Find a hobby that you would enjoy

Whenever negative vibrations start to set in, it would be an excellent idea to do something that would refocus your thoughts. It should be something that gears you towards a more positive outlook. Hobbies provide personal fulfilment, giving you something to look forward to when things are not so good. Having positive thoughts can also be a big help in the healing process. Keep yourself busy and avoid idle thoughts that may lead elsewhere.

More than anything, steer your efforts towards positivity. The treatments you may undergo are essential in getting you better. But maintaining a positive attitude towards life can help you face whatever is ahead. Stay as healthy as you can, get enough rest and live a happy life.

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Tips for Coping After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis," in Medicalopedia, May 24, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/8914/tips-for-coping-after-a-breast-cancer-diagnosis/].