Even short-term changes such as hair loss can have an effect on your body image.
People close to you may not be quite sure how to approach you. They may spout positive sayings or ask personal questions that make you uncomfortable. Have a plan for how much you want to discuss with people.
You may worry about taking care of your family or maintaining your household. Let others help and consider reassigning responsibilities.
If you feel perpetually anxious and the anxiety is caused by breast cancer medications, it may get worse over time and you may experience chest pain, insomnia or nightmares, says breastcancer.org. Antidepressants may help. Consult a doctor to see whether they are a good option for you.
You may experience new fears. After all, life may have seemed more certain before your diagnosis. Now you may have lost some of that feeling of control.
Fatigue, a common side effect of breast cancer treatment, can lead to depression. Up to 1 in 4 people with cancer do have clinical depression, according to the American Cancer Society. Sadness is a normal reaction to a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment. But if you have feelings of sadness or worthlessness that last more than a few days, see a doctor, says breastcancer.org. The good news is clinical depression can be treated.