Healing with a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Breast Cancer facts
Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early. When you see breast cancer pictures of survivors who beat the disease, it is often attributed to early detection.
If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every two years. It is important to consult with your physician about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. This information can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
Coping with a diagnosis
It isn’t unusual for someone to suffer from a blow to their self-esteem after a breast cancer diagnosis. There are several different types of breast cancer, but just dealing with a diagnosis is a harsh reality for anyone to face. It not only affects our health, but often leaves the patient with actual scars from breast cancer treatment. The person they were before now has a whole new outlook on life and often a new physical appearance.
Stages of breast cancer can damage your body. With such treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and mastectomies, all these choices cause issues and changes to a once-familiar self. This is when it is important for a person to remember they are beautiful from the inside-out and lean on the support of family and friends throughout the process. Your body begins to tell a story of a very strong person, with battle scars as proof you have fought to overcome a difficult illness. This is where your focus should remain throughout therapy and further treatment.
Cancer treatment at NHWC
At Natural Horizons we offer an alternative holistic approach to health and wellness during cancer treatment. Share this with a friend or visit us today to find out how we can be your health advocate!