Breast Cancer: Dealing with the Fear That Comes with Serious Illness
Most people know someone who is affected by breast cancer. It's on TV; it's on billboards; it's in newspapers.
Breast cancer affects everyone in some way or another.
It's scary to hear the words "You have cancer"
If you've been told you have breast cancer, or you're waiting for results of a recent mammogram, you might be feeling overwhelmed by some fear. If you're a survivor, you may also be feeling afraid of a possible recurrence. Sometimes, these fears can take over and make your everyday life miserable.
Take a deep breath
It's important to remember to take a deep breath. Though fear is completely warranted when it comes to breast cancer, it’s important to prevent it from consuming you. If you're waiting for test results, remember that you might not necessarily have a positive result. If you've had cancer before, it doesn't mean that it's going to come back. It's best to just live on with your life knowing that you've done your very best to give your body the best chance against the disease. There's no point in staying fearful because it won't do you any good.
There are resources out there to help you cope
If you're feeling some of these fears and don't know what to do, don't worry. There are lots of resources out there to help you. At www.breastcancer.org, there is a ton of information provided by medical experts to offer support. There are also lots of discussion boards where you can find community support from other members who may have gone through a similar fear like yours.
Fear of breast cancer is completely normal: You’re not alone
Acknowledge that fear is completely normal. Breast cancer is a serious disease, and the fear that comes from having this cancer is unlike any other. There are many different forms of this fear that can manifest, depending on the individual and the individual's personal experience with the disease. But remember, you're not alone. Chances are your fears are also shared with many others who are going through a similar experience. Though it's totally normal to have such fears, remember that it's no way to live. Take charge and learn how to manage your fear so you can live a better quality of life.
If you're a new breast cancer patient, you can manage your fears
If you've just received a new diagnosis of breast cancer, it's understandable that you may be experiencing a lot of fears. There are some ways you can try to manage and cope with these fears so they don't overrun you uncontrollably.
We've put together a few ways that you can try to help manage your fears and reduce anxiety when dealing with your new diagnosis. Read on to learn more.