Advertisement
Ad revenue keeps our community free for you

From the Community: 8 Tips for Someone Just Starting Treatment

Community Conversations

January 10, 2023

Content created for the Bezzy community and sponsored by our partners. Learn More

Photography by Guille Faingold/Stocksy United

Photography by Guille Faingold/Stocksy United

by Sydney Koeplin

•••••

Fact Checked by:

Jennifer Chesak, MSJ

•••••

•••••

by Sydney Koeplin

•••••

Fact Checked by:

Jennifer Chesak, MSJ

•••••

•••••

Taking care of your mental and physical health is crucial throughout your journey, especially as you navigate the first few months of your diagnosis.

When you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, it can take a long time to process the news and feelings that come with it. You may feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster of anger, grief, confusion, and hope — or even feeling them all at the same time.

Starting treatment can be as equally complicated to navigate. The choices, treatments, and side effects can all be overwhelming.

Taking care of your mental health, like practicing extra self-love and kindness, is very important throughout your journey.

Members of the breast cancer community understand the emotions behind starting treatment because they’ve been there themselves. Here are their tips to take care of your mental and physical health during the process:

Join the free BC community!
Connect with thousands of members and find support through daily live chats, curated resources, and one-to-one messaging.

1. Remember that treatments have come a long way

“I will never forget what one of my nurses told me. She said, ‘This isn’t your mother’s or grandmother’s breast cancer treatment. Treatments have improved tremendously over the years, and you detected an issue early.’ That stuck with me.

We are lucky enough to be able to detect breast cancer early and treat it with advanced therapies. I felt I was in good hands.” — Christina Thomsen, Bezzy BC Facebook member

Advertisement
Ad revenue keeps our community free for you

2. Keep moving 

“Hydrate and move! I walked throughout my entire treatment. Not only great for you physically but mentally as well. Movement helps you heal faster, in my opinion.” — Jil Wentz Tarman, Bezzy BC Facebook member

3. Don’t go down an internet rabbit hole

“Do not over ‘Google.’ Only read information from professional websites.” — Suzanne D’Ambrose, Bezzy BC Facebook member

Advertisement
Ad revenue keeps our community free for you

4. Communicate clearly with your doctor

“Communicate with your doctor about what you’re experiencing, especially if you’re having side effects that aren’t well controlled. Your doctor can change your medications, but she has to know what is or isn’t working for you.” — Anne Fullerton, Bezzy BC Facebook member

5. Find a support network

Finding support was so helpful for me. In 2018 I relied on a friend who is a 10-year survivor, and she was so compassionate and generous with her time and experiences.

In 2019 I wanted to provide women with the same support my friend provided. So, I trained, and now volunteer for the ACS Reach to Recovery, ABCD, After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, and the Firefly Sisterhood.” — Christina99, Bezzy BC Community member

Advertisement
Ad revenue keeps our community free for you

6. Embrace all your feelings

“Don’t forget to feel whatever you need to at any time you need to feel it. Breathe. And dress up; I’ve found when I look good, I feel even better.” — Stephia E, Bezzy BC Community member

7. Use restroom helpers 

“Keep all the poop pills handy: The ones that make you go, stop the go, ease the go. You never know how your bowels will react to treatment.” — Katie Peters, Bezzy BC Facebook member

Advertisement
Ad revenue keeps our community free for you

8. Get plenty of fresh air

“Get outside in the fresh air whenever possible.” — Brenda Kurincak-Ferek, Bezzy BC Facebook member

The takeaway

Navigating treatment can be daunting, but you’re not alone. Your care team, friends, family, and fellow Bezzy BC community members are all on this journey with you.

To hear more advice from people who’ve been there, visit the Treatment and Side Effects forum.

Fact checked on January 10, 2023


Join the free BC community!
Connect with thousands of members and find support through daily live chats, curated resources, and one-to-one messaging.

Like the story? React below:


Have thoughts or suggestions about this article? Email us at article-feedback@bezzy.com.

About the author

Sydney Koeplin

Sydney Koeplin holds a bachelor’s degree in English and German Studies from Colby College. Her work has been published in the Intrepid Times, Qu Literary Magazine, Hypertext Magazine, and elsewhere. You can visit her website to learn more. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and taking long walks around her neighborhood.

Related stories

Advertisement
Ad revenue keeps our community free for you