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Emotional Well-being during Breast Cancer: Coping Strategies and Support Resources

A breast cancer diagnosis is not merely a physical battle but also a significant emotional and psychological journey. Navigating the emotional impact of breast cancer is crucial for overall well-being, and incorporating coping strategies and seeking support can aid in managing the emotional challenges effectively.

Understanding the Emotional Impact

A breast cancer diagnosis can evoke a range of emotions—fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, uncertainty, and more. Emotional responses vary among individuals and may change throughout the treatment journey.

Coping Strategies for Emotional Well-being

  • Seeking Support: Connecting with family, friends, or support groups provides a network of understanding and empathy.

  • Maintaining Open Communication: Honest and open discussions with healthcare providers and loved ones about fears and concerns alleviate emotional burdens.

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Practices like meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, or guided imagery reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  • Expressive Therapies: Engaging in creative outlets such as art, music, or journaling allows expression of emotions.

  • Healthy Lifestyle Habits: Prioritizing regular exercise, adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and minimizing alcohol and tobacco consumption contribute to emotional well-being.

The Role of Support Resources

  • Support Groups: Local or online support groups provide a safe space for individuals to share experiences, receive encouragement, and learn coping strategies.

  • Counseling and Therapy: Professional counseling, therapy, or psychiatric support helps manage distress, anxiety, or depression.

  • Patient Navigators: Trained navigators guide patients through their treatment journey, offering emotional support and resources.

  • Peer Mentoring Programs: Connecting newly diagnosed individuals with breast cancer survivors offers valuable insights and emotional support.

Managing Fear and Uncertainty

  • Educating Oneself: Understanding the disease, treatment options, and potential side effects empowers individuals to feel more in control.

  • Mindfulness and Acceptance: Embracing uncertainty and practicing mindfulness helps cope with the fear of the unknown.

  • Staying Present: Focusing on the present moment rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past promotes emotional resilience.

Supporting Caregivers and Loved Ones

Recognizing the emotional toll on caregivers and loved ones is essential. Providing them with support, encouraging open communication, and directing them to caregiver support groups or resources aids in their well-being.

Conclusion: Embracing Emotional Resilience

Emotional well-being during breast cancer is a multifaceted journey. Coping strategies, seeking support, and accessing available resources play a vital role in navigating the emotional challenges. Embracing emotional resilience empowers individuals to manage their emotional well-being effectively throughout the breast cancer journey.



Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

May 20 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


In Body Breathwork

May 21 ,  6:00 p.m. ET


Brain Spotting

May 27,  6:00 p.m. ET


Qi Gong

May 28,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

June 3, 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

Jun 4,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

June 10,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

June 11, 11:30 a.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

June 11,  6:00 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


Después de un Diagnóstico

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