Coping with a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
October 01, 2019
Category: Women's Health
Tags: breast cancer  

Discover some effective techniques for coping with breast cancer.

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can unleash a storm of powerful emotions within you. Overwhelming fear, confusion, and anger all breast cancercommonly arise within patients at this stage, and accordingly, coping with the news becomes one of the highest priorities for those who are recently diagnosed. Fortunately, Dr. Sharon Diamond, your gynecologist on the Upper East Side, NY, can help to walk you through the entire process.

Talking to Your Physician
Understanding your diagnosis is an important first step, and Dr. Diamond is here to provide you with the information you need to address your concerns. Furthermore, to ensure that you read only the most reliable online sources, Dr. Diamond can give you personal recommendations on which sites to trust. After all, the more you learn about your diagnosis, the more in control you’ll feel. Dr. Diamond is also available to meet with you and your family or friends after you’ve seen the relevant specialists (breast surgeons or oncologists) to help you digest and process the information you have been given so that you can make the best choices for you.

Sharing Your Emotions with Your Loves Ones
Bottling up your feelings will only have negative consequences. Although it will be hard to talk about, reaching out to those closest to you is an important step of the process, especially because it gives them a chance to support you throughout your treatment. During this point, don’t be alarmed if you are experiencing any of the following emotions,

  • Numbness, you might feel disconnected from yourself
  • Disbelief, especially if you feel perfectly fine
  • Fear, stemming from an unknown future
  • Anger, you may wonder what you did to deserve this
  • Sadness, worry about what may happen

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Support comes in all different forms, from support groups and neighbors to family and your religious community. Now is the time to reach out to that caring network to share your experience and receive help. After all, talking with them about what’s going on and how you feel will be far more helpful than ignoring your feelings and struggling by yourself.

Combat Stress with Activity
Staying active is important, even with your new diagnosis. Of course, we know that some days are going to be harder than others, which is why it’s important to find simple and doable ways of staying active no matter how you’re feeling. This may mean doing something simple like taking a walk around the neighborhood or through a local park to enjoy a warm, sunny day. Any activity that helps reduce stress will also provide you with the necessary mental respite you need.

Need Care? Give Us a Call
Dr. Sharon Diamond provides top-quality gynecological care for women in the Upper New York, NY, area. If you are reeling from a breast cancer diagnosis, reach out to our office today at 212-876-2200. Our care team will be with you every step of the treatment process, answering any questions or concerns that you might have.

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