Today is Mental Health Blog Day 2014, a Mental Health Month initiative from the American Psychological Association. As a contribution to this day, we wanted to acknowledge the emotional impact of breast cancer, in addition to sharing resources and letting you know that you are not alone.
Whether you just heard the words “you have breast cancer,” are years beyond treatment or living with metastatic disease, it is likely that you experienced or continue to experience a range of complex emotions due to this major life change. At LBBC, we are dedicated to helping you cope with or manage these feelings by connecting you with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
In recognition of Mental Health Month and Mental Health Blog Day 2014, we wanted to highlight programs, resources and inspiring personal stories by men and women affected by breast cancer.
First and foremost, we have a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline (888-753-52220) answered live from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Staffed by volunteers who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, our Helpline will connect you with someone who cares and knows what you’re feeling. Call today or when you’re ready!
We also have some upcoming programs as well as podcasts and presentations of previous events, many of which you may find helpful:
- Body Image: You are so Beautiful! How to Know and Believe This! (Webinar) During this free program, Sexy After Cancer CEO Barbara Musser will help you learn strategies for healing your body image after breast cancer and offer tips for awakening self-love and boosting intimacy! The webinar, presented in partnership with Susan G. Komen of Greater Kansas City, takes place next Tuesday, May 20, from noon – 1 p.m. ET/11 a.m. – noon CT. Register now!
- Survivorship: A Roadmap for Managing Fear (Podcast and Presentation) Deborah Seagull, PhD, discussed triggers of fear, sadness and anxiety as well as tips to help you manage and cope with these emotions. Download the podcast and presentation for this program, and read Dr. Seagull’s blog post on this topic.
- Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Part Two – Managing Fears of Recurrence (Podcast and Presentation) Discover more about the fear of recurrence and what triggers it in part two of our webinar series for triple-negative breast cancer. The event’s speaker, Julie Larson, LCSW, also wrote a blog post on this subject.
- Anxiety and Depression After Breast Cancer (Podcast and Presentation) Our speaker Ruth H. Steinman, MD, provided tips on how to tell the difference between common feelings of sadness or loss and clinical depression. Check out her companion Ask the Expert on stress and anxiety.
We also have incredible stories from women who had to navigate these complex emotions. Read the following stories from this blog and lbbc.org:
- My Best Self is Yet To Come (Randi Rentz’s blog post)
- What the Heart Hears and Love Sees (Lynn Folkman’s first person story)
- Finding Support and Community (Sarah McClain’s profile)
- Facing Cancer with Her Crew Behind Her (Linda Sousa’s first person story)
- Happiness and Strength After A Breakup (Rachel Toomey’s first person story)
- Living in the Best of Times (Scott Cotlar’s first person story)
The stories above are just the tip of the iceberg of inspiring stories by people like you who are affected by breast cancer. Check out lbbc.org and this blog to read more blog posts, first person stories and profiles!
What resources or personal stories do you recommend to help your friends with the emotional impact of breast cancer?