Have some fun

Life can't be only about hospitals and medications. Remember who you are outside of being a person with metastatic breast cancer and do what makes you happy. Research has shown that women with breast cancer who engage in laughter therapy lower their levels of anxiety, depression and stress. Make time for:

  • Doing things with friends who make you laugh.
  • Dancing, baking, gardening or any enjoyable activity.
  • Watching funny movies or TV shows.

Talk to someone

Keeping your thoughts and feelings bottled up can increase your stress. Find outlets for expressing your feelings, such as:

  • Talking to a close friend or family member about whatever is on your mind.
  • A support group for women with breast cancer, where you can talk openly about your fears and frustrations with people who understand.
  • Seeking counseling from a therapist or clergy member.

You may find that you need all of these types of support at different times.

Try something new

A new challenge can be a distraction, giving you a chance to think about something other than cancer. Picking up a new hobby also might boost your confidence. If you have the time and energy, try a painting or pottery class or learn how to play a new musical instrument.

Battling metastatic breast cancer can be overwhelming. Taking time to care for your mind and body can ease your stress and strengthen you for the road ahead.

July 14, 2017 See more In-depth