Newly Diagnosed – Patients


Are you newly diagnosed and looking for help?

We’ve been there, let us help…because no one should face it alone!

We know how overwhelming a diagnosis can be, and we understand that medical treatment is only a part of the journey. We’ve assembled some tips & tricks from our wonderful community of breast cancer survivors, and we hope that their wisdom will help you to move forward!

Let’s look at some tips & tricks for….

Not looking for tips? How about some real-life stories and encouragement…


Getting through treatment

“Be your own voice! Ask questions, keep records, understand your choices, take charge of your treatment, because you can be (and ultimately are) in more control than you think. Remember that there are several types of breast cancer, so learn as you can about your kind, and don’t always compare your treatment details with those of others.” – Susan

“Use your supports. Friends and family members can be “cancer coaches” too, and can go with you to appointments, discuss your choices and feelings, and can help you to advocate for yourself. Support groups can also provide a group of friends who have lived with breast cancer as well.” – Susan

“Take it step by step. Booked for surgery? Focus on that, don’t get too far ahead or worry about what’s next. It’s healthy to think of what those next steps might look like, but briefly and as a way of preparing. Focus on where you are.” -Susan

Talking to others about breast cancer

“Realize that those around you who know about your diagnosis are doing the best they can to support you and handle their own panic. Some of them will say some really inappropriate things.” -Susan

Nutrition

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What made me feel beautiful

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Staying healthy

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Getting back into the swing of things

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Finding fun & laughter amidst it all

“Exercise, eat well, and keep your sense of humour. Impossible as this may sound when first diagnosed, remember that it’s ok to enjoy some of life while getting through treatment.” -Susan

Getting the news

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Battling the fear

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Navigating treatment

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Making decisions

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Asking for help

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