After a breast cancer diagnosis, many women describe the additional challenge of how to manage the reactions and perceptions that others have regarding their diagnosis. Much of society still erroneously equates a cancer diagnosis with a poor prognosis.
Some women choose to keep their diagnosis relatively private to minimize the awkward pity and perceived weakness. Others describe feeling the need to “prove” they are still capable of managing their daily life or professional work. An additional challenge is the faulty notion that a mastectomy or lumpectomy renders a patient no longer beautiful or feminine.
When navigating a breast cancer diagnosis, women want to feel like all other women: strong, capable, healthy, and beautiful. They do not want to feel isolated or weak. They want to get on with life, navigate their challenge, and celebrate their resiliency.