You’ve got PCOS, and now you’ve got breast cancer too. Life is just incredibly unfair sometimes. How will the breast cancer affect your PCOS symptoms? It’s a very good question since it seems like almost everything can affect your PCOS.
You need to be able to grieve your health, your breasts, and the life you once enjoyed while also treating the breast cancer and figuring out what your post-cancer life is going to look like. For some of you, there will be no post-cancer life. Cancer may become a chronic, intermittent player in your life. I strongly recommend seeking support from The Cancer Support Community. I trained there when I was an intern therapist. They offer free groups, exercises classes, lectures, and sometimes limited psychotherapy. The American Cancer Society also offers support groups, education, and referrals.
Basically, having breast cancer may make it a lot harder to engage in your normal activities, which include taking good care of your PCOS. But the self-care protocols for both cancer and PCOS are strikingly similar and again, good nutrition, mild exercise, meditation, and obtaining support through groups and other relationships will be of huge value.
And please, join my free private group on Facebook, PCOS Psychology, where we are not afraid to talk about the hard stuff.
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