BREAST CANCER,  BREAST CANCER AWARENESS,  LIFE AFTER BREAST CANCER,  MASTECTOMY

HEALING THE WHOLE WOMAN

One can’t imagine the stigma, loneliness, pain and sometimes embarrassment that comes with cutting off your breasts.

Women are “known” for their breasts – after all that’s what makes a woman beautiful and voluptuous, right?!

So losing them can be a major blow to one’s heart and soul.

There isn’t much, if any, information out there on how to heal one’s soul from the loss of your breasts.  It’s just a brushed over subject that no one in the industry wants to entertain.  That’s breast cancer information, in general, and so many people don’t realize what women are actually dealing with on a daily basis.

There are women walking around life in pain and turmoil, because they don’t know how to get over the fact that society see’s them as ‘less than’ without their breasts.  And some of them honestly feel “less than” without their breasts, because they felt like their breasts were part of their identity.  They are in the midst of grieving that loss and learning self-love and acceptance of their new body .

It’s time to bring this talk to the table.  It’s time to focus on healing the whole woman – mind and spirit – and not just their body and the physical aspects of cancer.

Doctor’s, nurses and caregivers need to open the dialogue and not ignore that emotional healing should be part of treatment.

I get it, it’s an extremely touchy, uncomfortable, taboo subject, however, doctor’s need to arm their office with a list of qualified specialist who are able to assist in every aspect of healing.

Patients are being sent home with limited access to information that exceeds literature about their diagnosis, and it’s just impossible to process all of the information that goes along with a cancer diagnosis.  It’s creating chaos and I don’t believe it allows the woman to make her best decision.  Hospitals and oncologists should have a designated number for women newly diagnosed to call to get this same information.

Why are these protocols not in place?  Why are women being put in positions of having little to no support unless they advocate for them?

We need to do better, and we can do better.

Let’s not let anyone newly diagnosed stand alone.

Healing the wounded soul is just as important as healing the body because after all, quality of life is what we’re all after.

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