Emotional Recovery

Your health care providers concentrate on removing the cancer, helping with physical symptoms and healing your body. The garden path that you have been exploring talks about choices that you have in how to treat cancer.

Long term emotional recovery is different from coping with treatment. During treatment, you will have frequent (perhaps daily) contact with your health care team. You can chart physical treatment daily, weekly and monthly as events on a calendar, or stages that occur but emotional recovery is much more personal and solitary.

There is no similar logical set of options of how you might choose to feel about having cancer or losing a breast, or what attitudes you should use for going on with your life. This is something that you will deal with on your own terms.

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