A diagnosis of breast cancer can bring on a wide range of emotions including shock, fear, denial, sadness and anger. Although time may ease these feelings, they may never fully go away .
As you go through the different stages of grief and healing, a social support network can help you address the emotional impact of the diagnosis. Studies show support from formal and informal sources can improve quality of life [2-3].
Social support may reduce [4-8]:
Social support may improve [4-8]:
In addition to emotional support, social networks can provide practical help that can make life a little easier (such as giving rides to and from treatments or help with child care).
Learn more about social support, local support, support groups, and hospice support.
Komen Support Resources
Facts for Life: Getting the Support You Need
How to Help Those You Care About Cope with Breast Cancer
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