The unfortunate reality is that our culture frowns upon silence. We are so wrapped up in FOMO (the fear of missing out), that we often use external sources to distract ourselves from personal thoughts, either happy or sad. We move right past them without acknowledgement.
One of the most important lessons that I learned during my cancer journey was that I had become a people-pleaser. I hadn't always been that way, but over time I had taken on the (self imposed) responsibility of making sure everyone around me was happy. I had become a Chief People-Pleaser!
According to statistics, nearly 60% of patients with a breast cancer diagnosis still suffer from post-traumatic stress symptoms one year after diagnosis. Fear of recurrence, anxieties regarding mortality, altered body image, changes in sexuality and fears regarding the impact of diagnoses on immediate families can impact our overall well-being.