How to make some conversations easier?
The new vocabulary that comes with the diagnosis of cancer, along with some of the difficult conversations that you are likely to have, can make it hard to find the rights words when explaining it to loved ones. So, we have reached out to some amazing women to share their experiences and support.
Tips on living with advanced breast cancer
Support with coping with stress, relationships, motherhood, and nutrition
THERE’S NO EASY WAY TO ADJUST
To an advanced breast cancer diagnosis. But there are things you can do to help you—and others—take care of your health.
Give yourself time to adjust to a new normal. Even with all of the changes, it’s important that you focus on the things that make you happy, and help you lead a fulfilling life.
Below, find tips and approaches for: coping with stress, motherhood, relationships, and nutrition.
Coping With Stress
Finding ways to manage your stress can help you:
- Reduce tension
- Sleep better
- Enjoy your time with people, places, and things you love
The key is finding something that really works for you. Explore and don’t be afraid to try something new. Some people find relief through relaxation techniques, creating art, exercise, laughter, or spending time with a beloved pet. Chat with your healthcare team about what might work best for you.
Here are some considerations that may help you figure out the best approach for you and your family:
- Consider what your children need and what you need
- Consider your children’s ages and level of understanding
- Consider getting help—you don’t have to do this alone. A counsellor, therapist or psychiatrist can help you (and your partner or spouse) prepare for conversations, questions, and moving forward together
The Importance of Good Nutrition
Good nutrition can:
- Help your body maintain strength
- Help repair tissue damage
Managing your overall health is key while on treatment for advanced breast cancer. Before making changes in diet or exercise, talk to your healthcare provider.