Relationships and Breast Cancer

Posted on May 25, 2018

Breast cancer can put strain on a relationship. A partner or friend may struggle to understand the ups and downs of cancer. It can be difficult to talk about our diagnosis or treatment, or our feelings about it. Sometimes we don't know how to ask for help, and sometimes our loved ones don't know how to help.

On MyBCTeam, the social network and online support group for women facing breast cancer, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Relationships are one of the most-discussed subjects.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about relationships:

Any wisdom or advice about no reconstruction and husbands/sex life and other issues?

If you have a personality disorder, anxiety, or ADD/ADHD, have you noticed it getting worse with treatments?

My brother hasn't reached out to me since my diagnosis. Any advice on what to do?

Here are some conversations about relationships:

Most if not all of you will relate when I say that being diagnosed with cancer really changes your perception of life and how you value things. Namely how I perceive and value my relationships.

After my last relationship ended, I put myself in what I call "dating detox" to concentrate on me &getting centered again. Haven't gone back to dating yet & I don't know when that will be or if I even want to.

I am having a really hard time processing my ill feelings towards my coworkers and my supervisors. I have been totally forgotten by them and it's really sad, I have been there 30 years.

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to MyBCTeam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

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A MyBCTeam Member said:

Sickness brings out the worst and best in people. I too am fortunate to have a great group of great friends who hold me up daily.

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