Talk to people who have been there

I think if a person has friends or a support group of some kind, it helps. Talk with people who have been through it. People dropped in that week after I got home from surgery who I didn't know had ever had cancer, or mastectomy, or anything, and they came and they said I had one thirty-five years ago this one girl said. And she's doing fine. Another one said I had a radical mastectomy twenty-five years ago and here I am. And that, I think, was more helpful than almost anything. So be open to all kinds of information.

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