It should be understood, that while women are going through breast cancer treatment their whole life is consumed by the cancer treatments, and dealing with side effects. It consumes their every waking hour and becomes a primary focus of their life. It is not unusual to experience a sense of depression and loss without finding a renewed purpose.

Breast cancer treatment may make you feel sad, tired, or depressed. These feelings are complex conditions, resulting from and affected by many factors: the cancer diagnosis and treatment, aging, hormonal changes, life experiences, and genetics.

Sadness is a natural part of the breast cancer experience, something women need to express and move through. If they don't allow themselves to feel sad and grieve, the unresolved grief gets in the way of feeling better and getting better. Fatigue, the most common side effect of cancer treatment, may hit hard. They also may have hot flashes and trouble sleeping. They may be feeling overwhelmed or even debilitated. All of these factors can cause depression.

Support groups with others sharing their experiences helps deal with feelings of exhaustion, helplessness, worthlessness, and hopelessness. All of these thoughts can make someone feel like giving up.

It may seem hard, but talking to others about these thoughts can help not give way to these feelings that get in the way of treatment and a healthy future. If patients feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts the following recommendations come from the medical community:


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  • Try to be with other people for at least an hour a day.
  • Find someone to talk to and confide in. This can be a friend, a religious figure, a therapist, or a support group.
  • Participate in activities that make you feel happy or relaxed. Going to a movie, a sporting event, playing music, painting, or volunteering to help others can take your mind off your troubles.
  • Set realistic goals. Don't expect to be able to do everything you did in the past.
  • Break large chores into small ones and do what you can as you can.
  • Eat a healthy diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Good nutrition can bolster your immune system and make your body as healthy as it can be.
  • Exercise can reduce stress and help ease depression. Try to walk for 30 minutes every day. Gardening, tai chi, or gentle yoga are other ideas. If you feel up to it, go longer or do something more strenuous.
  • Remember that your mood will improve gradually, not immediately. Feeling better takes time. Don't get discouraged if you don't feel better right away. Try to find joy in whatever you achieve each day.  You may want to postpone important decisions until your depression has lifted. Before making a decision about changing jobs, getting married or divorced, or moving to another city, talk to people who know you well and have an objective view of your situation.Let your family and friends help you.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcohol can make depression worse. Alcohol can also interfere with antidepressant medicine.

“New Normal"

I am beginning my "New Normal" life as a Conqueror/Warrior/Survivor. It's a "New Me" as I have put the pieces back differently with a mission to help other women going through this horrible disease of ”hell and torture”. This is the sad and painful truth. I feel like the main character in a “horror movie”.

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