Coping with Body Image and life after Mastectomy

Cancer often sounds like a synonym for death. Breast Cancer being one of the most common cancer, can hold great feelings of anxiety and fear. Once your breast cancer is in remission, there can be challenges to coping with the new body image emotionally and psychologically. But trust us when we say, “If you have survived cancer, you can live with any challenges!”.

As women we tend to be very obsessed with our bodies and the way they look, considering “breasts” the most feminine of characteristics. Mastectomy, is a savior for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer, yet it can be unnerving how it alters the way her body appears.

From loss of hair which is temporary to a removed breasts , the changes take a toll on one’s life in different ways and for different spans of time. From clothing to accessories there can be creative and fun ways to take on these changes ,however temporary.

Apart from approaches like wearing a headscarf, having reconstruction or using prosthesis to improve your body image, you should always look to keep the soul healthy and positive, not just the body. Do not cause yourself any unnecessary pain with negative thoughts. Below we've outlined some ways to keep positive on your journey. 

Go Vocal

You have been through a lot and your feelings are more than acceptable and unavoidable. Do not keep it all to yourself. Speak up, communicate and vent it out to your near and dear ones, be it your partner, friend, family or to your doctor for that matter. It will work as a drainage system of emotional and physical pain you have within and will help the people around you, understand better. Communication bridges the gap and keeps you away from any form of depression or low feelings.

Go Vocal


Positivism and Self Love

As you let go of the sufferings, let positive thoughts enter and conquer you! Remember you are one lucky soul who got a second chance in life to live it with more zest and better health. When you look at yourself, compliment yourself on who you see, even if you don't feel like it and slowly you will start to see the strong person that others see in you. As they say, “fake it till you make it” or "fake it till you become it". Give yourself positive affirmations daily and they'll sink in!

Positivism and Self Love


Eat Healthy

When you come out the other side of a major health concern, the best way to rebuild yourself is to feed your body with  healthy, nutritious food and work out to remain fit (your doctor should be able to give you guidelines on how quickly and when to start a workout routine). Including foods that add to your immune system, will help you ward off sickness. Whole grains, and greens can be good options. Avoid sugary foods as much as possible.

Eat Healthy


Keeping Busy

‘An empty mind is a Devil’s workshop’, and hence you should not give that space to your heart and mind to sit and think, “why did it happen to me?”. Try your best to be occupied with something, if not professionally, perhaps a hobby. It will help you come out of that feeling of being unwell. It can be anything from reading, writing, artwork(appreciating or creating), listening music, or may be spending time with friends and loved ones(something as simple as a walk in the neighborhood or around the mall).

Keeping Busy


Read About Other Survivors

Read about the success and survival of other women who are breast cancer survivors and you will derive great power and strength from their stories. Learning from others who have been through this gives a sense of empowerment and realization that you're not alone. Other's experience will save you from unnecessary hindrances and what could be stumbling blocks.

Read about other survivors


Be Patient

Time helps to heal and slowly you will regain your health. Take one day at a time. Remember each day is one day closer to the end of this tough phase of your life. So wait for that time and be gentle to yourself.

Be Patient


Society is constantly changing and with that, so is what is considered to be the perfect body. Too skinny, a little fat, bad hair, too short, too tall, these are some of the concerns which that have lost much of their significance over time. Focusing on making yourself healthy, happy and strong helps with your inner stamina and will help you lead a good and stable life. Keep reminding yourself that peaceful is beautiful, and cherish each day!

 

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