Self help measures
Self-care and breast cancer. You will be invited to a health and well being course run by Breast cancer now
Having a breast cancer diagnosis, and going through treatment, causes trauma. Not just to your body, but to your mind too.
While it’s good to care for your body, it’s just as important to care for your mind.
- Take it easy and don’t rush your recovery
- Channel your emotions
- Take some me time and relax
Exercise is beneficial in all aspects of recovery
Cancer treatment can you feeling very fatigued. Treatment can also make your white blood cell count drop, which puts you at a higher risk of getting infections.
Feeling fatigued and being at a higher risk of getting infections may have you feeling concerned about cleaning a dirty bathroom floor.
Learn your limitations, accept them, and don’t feel guilty about it. It’s not your fault. Also, make sure your loved ones are aware of your limitations as well. This can make social situations easier for you in case you’re not feeling up to it or need to leave early.
Hobbies are a great way to get your mind off of things when you’re feeling down. Sitting at home and thinking about your illness is not good for you. Dabbling in different hobbies, or devoting your time to one that you really love, can help you feel better.
Helping others is one of the most rewarding things a person can do. While cancer may place physical limitations on you, your mind is still strong and capable.
There are also charities that can connect you with newly diagnosed cancer patients so that you can send them letters and help them through the treatment process.
Wherever your heart takes you, there’s somebody in need. Be mindful of your own health (go home if you hear sniffles!), but there’s no reason why you can’t help others.
You may need some psychological support during your diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Breast care nurse are trained in psychological support, but you may also need more specialised support from our clinical psychology support staff. Discuss your needs with your breast care nurse.
Our Macmillan information centre can offer advice on financial support (click here for further information)
Cancer care and treatment will no doubt put a strain on your finances. Additionally, you’ve likely needed to leave your job to focus on your health. It’s understandable if you’re concerned about finances and feel like you can’t afford things like a home cleaning service or weekly blowout.
If that’s the case, there are financial programs available to you.