How to Cope When Breast Cancer Returns
The lessons to be learned from Elizabeth Edwards -- very public battle with cancer recurrence.
When Breast Cancer Returns: Tips for Coping continued...
Speak up. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions and to get
second opinions. There is no silly question and no wrong feeling.
Share. Find people to talk to, and figure out who is helpful and who
Protect yourself. If people are negative around you, tell them, and
minimize your contact with them.
Accept help. Say yes when others offer assistance, such as running
errands, watching your children, driving to chemo. It will enrich your
Be here now. Find out what works for you and what you like in your life,
and do more of that, whether it's yoga or painting or walking around the block
and hearing the birds.
Heed your needs. Before you sign on with chat rooms, hotlines, and
support groups, take time to figure out what you need -- not what your daughter
or your mother says you should do.
Reach out. When you're ready, join a support group. To find local
support contacts, call Adelphi's hotline: 800-877-8077. Another resource is the
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization: 800-221-2141.
Originally published in the September/October 2007 issue of WebMD the