You don't have to go through this alone. Here are some ideas for gathering the support to help you cope.
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 home 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.
Join a support group. Ask your doctor about support groups in your area. Or check with cancer organizations, such as the National Cancer Institute or the American Cancer Society, for groups in your area.
Connect to something beyond yourself. Having a strong faith or a sense of something greater than yourself helps many people cope with cancer.
Look online. Connecting with others online can provide a convenient source of comfort and support. Many breast cancer organizations have online support groups, discussion boards and blogs where you can share your story, compare experiences and ask questions, all at your fingertips, without leaving the comfort of your home.
Feb. 05, 2020
- When cancer returns. National Cancer Institute. https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/when-cancer-returns. Accessed Jan. 6, 2020.
- Support groups. Cancer.Net. https://www.cancer.net/coping-with-cancer/finding-social-support-and-information/support-groups. Accessed Jan. 6, 2020.