Navigating a breast cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming. It can be a life changing experience that affects your physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
No matter where you are in your cancer journey, you know firsthand that life has its ups and downs. Some days, you may feel optimistic regarding your diagnosis. On other days, it may seem like cancer is getting the best of you.
Being open and honest about your feelings can help you avoid the pressures of toxic positivity. But practicing positive self-affirmation can also help you take care of your mental health.
Maybe calling your cancer journey a “fight” doesn’t feel right. Words are powerful, and choosing your own words may help you shift your mindset.
Many Bezzy BC Community members look to mantras and affirmations to help them feel empowered. Here are some of the mantras they use to reclaim their stories.
Strength is not always showing others how strong you are. Sometimes, it’s just getting through today.
I don’t have a shelf life. I don’t have an expiration date.
— Monica, Bezzy BC Community Guide
They whispered to her: You cannot withstand the storm. She whispered back: I am the storm.
— Author unknown, contributed by Raccella
I am not my thoughts. My thoughts do not define me.
The Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
— Contributed by Kaygee
Everybody wants sunshine, nobody wants rain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.
— Author unknown, contributor anonymous
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
— A.A. Milne, contributed by Georgina Woodward
Mantras can’t magically reverse your breast cancer diagnosis. But words are powerful, and claiming your mantra may help empower your mindset, whether you’ve just received your diagnosis or you’re living in remission.
Writing down your mantras, speaking them aloud, and carrying them with you may give you the emotional boost you need when you least expect it.
No matter where you are in your breast cancer journey, the Bezzy community understands and is here for you.
Is there another mantra or phrase that personally resonates with you? Join the conversation in the community forum.
Fact checked on September 06, 2023
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