Breast Cancer incidence is alarmingly increasing in Lesotho and many women die of Breast cancer second to cervical cancer. i am amongst the cancer advocacy groups in the region and i havea a feel and empathy. Support and understanding
Women experience many different emotions and physical reactions before, during, and after cancer treatment. Emotional support and understanding from their partners and loved ones is an essential element of recovery.
Cancer patients may have problems with self-esteem, body image, intimacy, and sexuality. Patients may experience anxiety and depression related to fear of the cancer coming back or having to face one's own death. Some patients experience trauma-related symptoms, such as avoiding situations, continuously thinking about problems, and being over-excited. These symptoms are similar to symptoms experienced by people who have survived highly stressful situations, such as combat, natural disasters, or other life-threatening events.
There are many misconceptions about breast cancer and how people cope with it, such as: all people with breast cancer are depressed, depression in a person diagnosed with breast cancer is normal, treatment does not help with depression, and everyone with breast cancer faces suffering and a painful death. Sadness and grief are normal reactions to the crises faced during breast cancer, and will be experienced at times by all people. That is why the support of the loved ones becomes so crucial. Having your partner, family member or friend to lean on during this trying time in your life becomes an essential component of recovery.
The Lesotho Breast Cancer Network objective is to provide support for new breast cancer patients countrywide. Trained volunteers who have personally experienced breast cancer and its treatment render this service together with Qualified Health professionals who volunteer for the services and promote breast self examination. They provide emotional and practical support to new and old breast cancer patients. We are appealing to the Business community, church groups, Community councils and leaders to give a warm hearted support to these initiatives.
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