Many women diagnosed with breast cancer find it can be a time to re-evaluate their lifestyle and what is important to them.
You might find yourself thinking more about your health, your body and your spirit. Looking after yourself, emotionally and physically, can help you recover from treatment, keep you energised and feeling mentally stronger.
Treatment for breast cancer can affect how you feel about yourself, and your sexuality. It can also mean unchartered territory for relationships, but with information and support you can strengthen your bond with those closest to you. You may also find that it's a time to re-evaluate some of your relationships and the people that you spend time with.
Practically, there are a lot of balls to juggle, from finances and insurance to making decisions about paid employment. There can be some additional challenges for women in rural and remote parts Australia.
This section gives you information and tips on dealing with these issues, and more, during your breast cancer journey.
Life after breast cancer
In the video below, Australian women and families share their experience following a diagnosis of breast cancer and how they adapted to the 'new normal' after treatment.
- Read the Living with breast cancer section of My Journey Kit
- Read the Finding support section of the Guide for women with early breast cancer, which is included in My Journey Kit
- Join our online network if you think talking to others online and sharing experiences will help
- Read the findings and recommendations from BCNAs Women's Survivorship Reasearch Priorities research project 2009.
- Read the summary and report from BCNAs National Survivorship Research Think Tank 2009.