Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is one of the most shocking events that can happen in your life. If you’ve recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, you’re probably feeling shocked, confused, and nervous about the road that lies ahead. These feelings are completely understandable, and About You Mastectomy Boutique is committed to providing Tampa residents with a safe and supportive environment. In our previous post, we gave you four tips that will help you through the initial stages of a breast cancer diagnosis. In today’s post, we’ll continue discussing tips that will help you through the days and weeks following a breast cancer diagnosis. About You Mastectomy Boutique offers a wide range of mastectomy bras, breast forms, and lymphedema sleeves in Tampa. Contact us today to learn how we can help you or a loved one through this difficult time.

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Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is difficult enough on its own, but many people find that it’s even harder to pass this information along to friends and family members. In fact, many breast cancer patients report that informing their friends and family is substantially more traumatic than receiving the diagnosis. You might find yourself feeling apprehensive about telling others about your diagnosis because of how you imagine they’ll react. It’s completely up to you whether you will disclose your diagnosis to your friends and family members, but it’s recommended that you start by discussing your diagnosis and treatment options with those that are closest to you. Not only will this keep them informed as to what they should be expecting in the coming weeks and months, but it will also provide you with a network of people that can help you. If you have any friends who have survived breast cancer, ask them about how they initially approached their friends and family.

Ask your doctor if he or she knows of any resources that can help you through your treatment and even during your post-treatment stages. Many cities have support groups that can help you with the emotional trauma as well as the logistics of breast cancer treatment. You may need help getting to and from your appointments, and if your friends and family work during the day, finding a support group that offers rides is a great option. Additionally, many support groups can help you find ways to communicate openly and honestly with your friends and family about your needs.

Nutrition

Whether your breast cancer treatment is mild or requires an intense and rigorous regimen, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you’re nourishing your body with every meal you eat. Foods that you love may not taste the same if you’re undergoing chemotherapy, as the medications can change how your brain responds to certain flavors. For instance, many patients find that sweet foods have a salty taste, or foods that you normally enjoy might taste completely bland. Each person is different, and you will probably have to experiment to find foods that taste good and nourish your body during your treatment. If you’re not sure about how to approach your nutrition during your treatment, ask your doctor or breast cancer support group if they know of any nutritionists who work with breast cancer patients.

Exercise

You may not be able to exercise depending on the nature of your treatment, but many breast cancer patients find that taking short walks with friends is a great way to relax and decompress during the day. Walking has been shown to improve your mood, and it can even boost your immune system. While it’s recommended that you do not engage in strenuous activities, stretching and getting your blood moving regularly throughout the day will help you stay healthy and alert. Many breast cancer patients begin doing daily yoga or light water aerobics to maintain an active lifestyle during their treatment. If you’re not sure about how you should be approaching physical activity during your treatment, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor or caregiver for advice.

We hope that this post will help you prepare for the intermediate stages of breast cancer treatment. Stay tuned for future posts in which we will continue to provide you with tips that can help you alleviate the hardships that breast cancer entails. About You Mastectomy has proudly provided women in Tampa with the highest-quality wigs, lymphedema sleeves and gloves, and mastectomy bras in the state. Our commitment to quality is unwavering, and we can help you find the products you need during this difficult time. Contact us today for more information about our services.

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