Get the support you need when you have metastatic breast cancer
Finding out you have metastatic breast cancer can be a stressful experience, but you don't have to go through it alone. Having a support network during this difficult time can make a positive difference.
Support may come in many forms — your health care team, your friends and family, and online forums with people who share your fears and concerns.
What works best for you depends on your own personality and unique situation. Here are some possible ways to find just the right kind of emotional support for you.
Keep friends and family close
Keeping your close relationships strong will help you deal with your metastatic breast cancer. Friends and family can provide the practical support you'll need, such as helping take care of your house if you're in the hospital. And they can serve as emotional support when you feel overwhelmed by cancer.
Find someone to talk with
Find a good listener who is willing to listen to you talk about your hopes and fears. This may be a friend or family member. Or you may be more comfortable talking with someone outside your family and social circle.
Seek professional help if needed
The advice and understanding of a mental health professional, such as a counselor, medical social worker or psychologist, may be helpful during this time.
March 22, 2017
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