When you receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, it’s likely that all you will remember hearing from your doctor are the words “breast cancer” and not much after that. Everyone reacts to the news in their own way. An initial reaction is often one of shock and disbelief. You may feel numb.
After the initial shock, you may be left feeling frightened, angry, vulnerable, sad or overwhelmed. You may be worried about yourself, but also concerned about how this will affect your loved ones. You may wonder how you will cope during the days to come. You may be asking yourself “why me?” You may think that you did or didn’t do something to develop cancer. The truth is that nobody knows exactly what causes cancer. It isn’t your fault that you have cancer.
Emotions will likely be most intense when you are given your diagnosis. You need to process your diagnosis and what it means. This takes time.
What you are feeling is normal and has been felt by many other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
No one understands the impact a breast cancer diagnosis can have on your life and the challenges that you will face as well as someone who has travelled the same path — a peer. All members of our Breast Cancer Support & Information Team have had breast cancer and can relate to what you may be going through. Call us today at 1.888.778.3100 to connect with a member of our team.
Links to more information
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At Diagnosis: Dealing with Emotions
Your Feelings: Learning You Have Cancer
National Cancer Institute
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Guide to Understanding Your Emotions
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living with Cancer: A Guide for People with Cancer and Their Caregivers
Canadian Cancer Society
The Emotional Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis
American Cancer Society
How it Affects You