Experience is the best teacher. No one can teach you better than a person who has had the same experience as you. You can also learn as you go through your experience. It never hurts to be prepared, having some answers and insight to some questions will make your journey less cumbersome. Here is a list of the commonly asked questions and what other women had to say.
How Do You Tell Your Children and Colleagues at Work?
This question has been asked very frequently by many mothers. You will want to remain strong and take care of your children. Either way, remember keeping them in darkness will hurt them even more. How you break the news to them will depend on how old they are. But either way, allow them to help you in their small ways. Let them help around the house with chores. It will be very fulfilling to them knowing that they are there for their mother. About your colleagues at work, you can use a close friend to pass on the things you want to tell them. Trust me you do not want to keep repeating the same story over and over. People will want to know how you are doing, how you respond is entirely up to you. Educate them when they seem insensitive and send them off if you are tired.
Will You Have Surgery or Chemotherapy as Your Treatment Options?
Whether or not you will go through chemotherapy depends on the stage of your cancer, how aggressive it is and the status of your HER2 receptors and ER/PR receptors. HER2 receptors stand for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2. IF your HER2 is negative, then Chemotherapy is advisable. ER/PR receptors, they are estrogen and progesterone receptors which help in detecting the cancerous cells in your breast. If the cancer is ER/PR negative, then it is classified as a high-risk breast cancer, and chemotherapy will be advised. When cancer has spread to your lymph nodes which are located around your armpits, then a more aggressive treatment such as chemo is carried out. As for surgery, your doctor will decide based on the size of your tumor, the stage, its location and the size of your breast. You also have a choice as the patient; you may opt out of surgery and go for treatments such as radiation.
How to Deal with Anxiety the Answer to Reconstructive Surgery Worries
Many women get very anxious, especially when waiting for the results. You want the results to be good news, but you have no control over them. The only way you can get some hope is by talking to fellow women on internet chat rooms who have been through what you are going through. From the many confessions, you will get you will be less anxious. Talk to friend s and family. O to a library do some research and be informed, so you have a glimpse of what to expect. If none of the above strategies work, take some anti-anxiety medications as prescribed by your doctor. As for reconstructive surgery, it is entirely your choice. The timing of the operation varies depending on the stage of your cancer. For stage one cancer which is small and less spreading, you can have the surgery immediately after your mastectomy. But for advanced cancer, you are advised to wait.
For Breast cancer patients, it is beneficial to learn from your fellow women who have gone through the same ordeal.