Resources and Support

Finding your way through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can be challenging.  Finding tools and resources to guide and support you are a critical part of taking care of yourself.  Connect with experts, peers, and allies to find the resources that work best for you.

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 If I cannot banish fear completely, I can learn to count with it less. For then fear becomes not a tyrant against which I waste my energy fighting, but a companion, not particularly desirable, yet one whose knowledge can be useful. — Audre Lord

Understanding your diagnosis is an important first step in understanding what treatment will be best for you. Different types of breast cancer have different implications for treatment and recovery.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ― Maya Angelou

Taking care for yourself is an essential part of cancer care, and for young women with busy and complicated lives, self-care can be hard.  Small changes in the way we eat, move, and think can have make a big difference in how we feel.  Check out these resources on diet, exercise and mindfulness to take the first steps to taking care of YOU.

Other favorites include a bubble bath, journaling, prayer, time with family and friends, getting lost in your favorite music or book, knitting, forest bathing (a walk in the woods), a nap, cuddling with your fur baby.

When fear knocks, let faith answer the door. — Robin Roberts

Your mental health is important to your physical health. Emotional  support can improve your quality of life.  Consider a support groups (online and in person depending on Covid-19 guidelines) or a peer mentor to find other young women who have been in your shoes.

Breathe TV Episode 4: Transformation

BREATHE through cancer: Empowerment Worksheet

Virtual Hangouts for Young Women Living with Breast Cancer

Taking care of business

A cancer diagnosis affects your whole life.   Learn about organizations that can help you take care of finances, housing, food, transportation and other practical matters after a breast cancer diagnosis.

 

Financial Aid for Young Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

 

Legal Resources for work, housing, and insurance issues

 

Housing resources 

 

Access to Healthy Food

 

Transportation

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Let’s talk about sex (and dating, relationships and body image…)

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Intimacy and relationships can be difficult after a breast cancer diagnosis.  For young women, treatment can affect your libido, your body image, and your physical pleasure.  Learn about some of the options available to deal with these issues

I want to have a family in the future

Breast cancer treatments can affect your future plans for a family.  It’s important to understand the impact of treatment on your reproductive choices and your options for building a family after a breast cancer diagnosis.  Talk with your cancer care team about referrals for fertility preservation, counseling, and other family planning services for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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