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Cancer Survivorship: Navigating the Journey

Dealing with cancer can be daunting, especially as a young adult. Going through a double mastectomy can be physically and emotionally difficult. Building a strong support system, advocating for yourself, and communicating with your healthcare team can make all the difference.


Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can feel like the world is crumbling around you. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, but it's important to focus on what you can control. Build a support system of loved ones, seek professional counseling, and take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Remember, you are not alone on this journey.

Double Mastectomy: Physical and Emotional Challenges


Physical

The process of surgery and recovery can be daunting. Expect major changes in physical appearance and feeling, such as difficulty with mobility and range of motion.

Emotional

The loss of both breasts can take a major emotional toll. It's important to talk to a counselor or support group, and to be patient and kind to yourself during this time.


Building a Support Network

"It takes a village." This is especially true when it comes to dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Surround yourself with people who love you and offer support. Reach out to local cancer support groups to build connections with other survivors and those going through similar experiences. You are not alone on this journey.

Advocating for Yourself During Treatment

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Ask Questions

Be curious and gather information about your condition and treatment options. This helps ensure that you have a voice in your healthcare journey.

Bring a Support Person to Appointments

They can help you retain information, take notes, and ask questions on your behalf.

Be Clear About Your Expectations

Make sure you understand what your healthcare team is doing for you, and express any concerns you may have.

Communication with Your Healthcare Team

Your healthcare team is there to support you and answer your questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions about your treatment, side effects, and overall health.

It's also important to be honest and clear with your team about your symptoms and feelings throughout your journey. Communication is key to receiving the best care possible.

Making Informed Decisions


Do your research

Make informed decisions by reading reputable sources and consulting with your healthcare team.

Consider All Options

Explore all of your treatment options and make a decision based on your personal needs and values.

Listen to Your Gut

You know your body best. Trust your intuition and speak up if you feel uncomfortable or have concerns about your treatment plan.

Navigating Life After Cancer Treatment

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Eat well, exercise, and manage stress to promote overall health and well-being.

Stay Connected

Connect with other survivors and your support system. The journey does not end after treatment.

Stay Positive

Remember to take pride in your strength and perseverance as a cancer survivor. You have gone through a difficult journey and can now look forward to a bright future.

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Before my breast cancer diagnosis, I was incredibly shallow. I was obsessed with my appearance and always striving to live up to the model image I had created for myself. I even dreamed of posing for Playboy one day. But after a double mastectomy, I am now so self-conscious that I can hardly recognize myself. It took me almost a month to look down at my chest after the surgery. I cried and cried for hours in the bathroom, wondering how this could be happening to me. I had always been so confident in my body, and now I felt like a stranger in my own skin. As a mother, I struggled with how to teach my daughter to be confident when I was struggling so much myself. How could I tell her to love herself when I didn't even recognize myself anymore? I was grateful for my surgeon's skilled hands and for getting the cancer out, but I hated the results. When people say that a mastectomy is not a boob job, they are right. The scars and the fact that I will never have sensation again at 34

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