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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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”.