Your Personal Care and Support Team
Your Personal Care and Support Team is made up of the people you choose to join you on your breast cancer journey. This support can always evolve. The important thing is to make sure you get help when you need it and think through who will help you, when, where and how. We provide you with guidance on how to share your diagnosis with people you want part of your personal care and support team, ask for the support you decide you need, and to set realistic expectations for everyone during what can be a challenging time.
I've Been Diagnosed With Breast Cancer: Now What?
After you receive your cancer diagnosis, you will have plenty of questions. We will guide you through what you can do to prepare for your initial meeting with your cancer care team so you can get the most out of that conversation.
Preparing for Surgery: Environment
We take a look at ways to limit our exposure to known cancer-causing agents in the environment, and how to create a space we can personally feel comfortable to live/eat/work/play/relax in.
Preparing for Surgery: Mind-Body
Deep relaxation, visual imagery, breathing, and more have been scientifically proven to decrease anxiety pre-surgery, the use of pain medication, and lead to a shorter recovery time after surgery. We provide guidance on these mind-body techniques you can incorporate into your life prior to surgery and during recovery.
Preparing for Surgery: Sleep
Getting the right type of sleep is paramount to your health and well-being. Sleep helps your body recover and heal. We share practical and effective science-based ways to enhance and protect your sleep pre-surgery that you can also use to promote healing after surgery.
Preparing for Surgery: Exercise
Upper body exercises and aerobic exercises can be useful both before and after breast cancer surgery. Shoulder pain and a limited range of motion are two of the most common issues after breast cancer surgery. These issues also effect people who have not had shoulder and range of motion issues in the past. We share evidence-based and practical pre-surgery exercises that you can do on your own to help you with your general health, recover faster, support your range of motion and shoulder movement after surgery, increase your energy level, and improve your mood.
Preparing for Surgery: Nutrition
Preparing for surgery? We provide you with science-based advice on ways to optimize your diet (including protein intake) before surgery to help you with recovering after surgery. Easy recipes included!