Moving on after breast cancer comes with its own unique set of challenges. Up until now, doctors, nurses and other professionals have guided you through your recovery process and as you are now entering a new stage in your journey, it is important to remember that a wide support network is available to you through your family and friends as well as through specialist support groups.
Here are a few tips to help you stay happy, healthy, strong and hopeful and get you back on track doing the things that you love most:
Seek Support – Millions of women worldwide who have had breast cancer rely on each other for reassurance and support and keep in contact through support groups and networks. If you feel that this is not for you, be sure to talk to your family, friends and loved ones.
Getting Back On Track – Try to resume your old routine as much as possible and try to be patient with yourself and others as you adjust to any changes.
Eat Well – Practice good nutrition and try to eat healthy foods.
Exercise Regularly – Improved fitness levels improve your overall sense of well-being. Consult with your doctor before beginning a new regime.
Take Time For Yourself – many women find satisfaction in taking care of others, but neglecting yourself does not do anyone any good, least of all you – read a book, meet friends, meditate – something that is just for you.
Stay Positive – Positive thinking will bring you a long way.
For more detailed information on breast cancer, some of the following websites may be useful for you:
– Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Fondation canadienne du cancer du sein)
– CIBC Run for the Cure (La Course à la vie CIBC)
– Canadian Cancer Society (Société canadienne du cancer)
– Look Good Feel Better (Belle et bien dans sa peau)
– Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada (Willow – Soutien au cancer du sein au canada)
– Breast Cancer Society of Canada (Société canadienne du cancer du sein)
– Canadian Breast Cancer Network (Réseau canadien du cancer du sein)
– Rethink Breast Cancer
– Young Adult Cancer Canada
– Fondation cancer du sein du Québec
– Programme québecois du dépistage du cancer du sein