Your Answers: The Worst Advice for Women Living With Breast Cancer (Infographic)

Posted on November 13, 2016

We asked and you answered! We posted this question: What bits of "advice" do you wish people would stop telling you? and hundreds of you took the time to respond.

What did we learn? From the unconcerned ("It's probably not a big deal") to the plain unhelpful ("Just change your diet"), advice is hurled at us from friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. While most suggestions are probably well-intentioned, hearing them over and over can make us feel that our condition is minimized and misunderstood.

Some of the most common answers we heard:

  • You are so strong
  • You’ll be fine
  • Be positive
  • At least you get implants
  • Just change your diet
  • It’s only hair, it'll grow back
  • You don’t look sick
  • It’s time to move on
  • Now you don’t have to worry anymore

Everyone's situation is different and not all of these apply to each person. Tell us: What advice about living with breasy cancer do YOU wish people would stop telling you?

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A MyBCTeam Member said:

I've had the best doctors and nurses through both my cancers but I do remember when I was pregnant I had a female dr that had awful bedside manner..

posted 6 months ago

hug

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