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By: Susan Brown
Self-distancing, hand washing and avoiding crowds are all
important measures breast cancer patients should take to minimize risk during
the COVID-19 pandemic. But equally important is taking care of your mental and
emotional health during this time.
Social support is so important for people with breast
cancer. Things such as a video call with a friend or family member or swapping
emails with your support group can help minimize anxiety, stress, depression,
fatigue and feelings of being alone. Remaining in touch with the people around
you will help keep you feel connected, even if there are physical limitations
Patients should also think in advance about getting
medication, food and other necessities, so they don’t have to go out and come
into contact with crowds. Meal delivery services, refills by mail and friends
who can drop off items are all ways to minimize contact. If these aren’t an
option, patients can think about going out when crowds are smaller – such as
first thing in the morning.
And lastly, the Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline is open
and taking calls and responding to emails from patients and their loved ones
needing support. The trained staff are providing tips and coping strategies for
managing emotions and concerns. The Helpline can be reached by phone at
1-877-GO-KOMEN or by email at email@example.com.
While times may be uncertain, Susan G. Komen is committed to
supporting and helping patients every day. We’re here for you, we care about
you, we’re here to support you.
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