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When you’re trying to balance life and breast cancer, you need to take plenty of time to just focus on yourself. Ask friends, family, and others to help with chores around the housework, child care, or other important tasks and give yourself plenty of time to recoup from the stress. Focus on taking things one step at a time throughout your breast cancer journey. It may be useful to meet with a counselor, join a support group, or get a nurse navigator to help you.

Search online for a support group through a breast cancer organization, such as Komen or You can also ask your hospital for information about local support groups or search online. Additionally, other women who have gone through breast cancer are fantastic who resources, who can also point you in the direction of groups that helped them.

If you feel anxious about breast cancer recurrences, know that your experience is normal. Cancer is life-changing, and coming to terms with life as a survivor is not easy. Don’t shut off your feelings. Share them with friends, family, and other loved ones who are able to support you. It is also helpful to talk to your cancer care team about you anxiety. They can help you manage anxiety during triggering events, such as medical appointments. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to see a therapist or psychologist or to join a support group. It can also be encouraging to reader other survivors’ stories, like this one.

It is common to place blame when your cancer comes back or to feel angry or depressed. Instead of ignoring these emotions, acknowledge them so that you can deal with them in a healthy way. You must remember that you are not alone. Seek out a cancer support group, and try finding other women who have experienced recurrence. Talk to a therapist or psychologist. Even if you handled your initial diagnosis without professional help, recurrence often brings on much stronger emotions. Getting help is a strong step in the right direction.

Eating a varied, healthy diet reduces your risk of breast cancer. You should eat a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits every day. Dietitians often recommend high fiber, high plant-based protein diets, with as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Thankfully, this fits the general medical community’s consensus on what a healthy diet is for anyone. There is not, however, any particular food or lifestyle choice that can totally prevent any cancer.

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