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Isolation

Some women feel alone or isolated after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.The intentions of others may be good, but sometimes people don't know how to deal with cancer and the emotions it brings up. It could be that you feel people are avoiding you, or that they're pretending everything is fine while carrying on normally with their lives.

At times you could feel pressure to be 'positive', making it hard for you to talk about the things that matter to you. Feeling isolated is a possibility because you're experiencing something that others have not been through. It can be hard to describe your experience to them.

You may like to speak with a cancer nurse at the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or be linked into Cancer Connect to share your feelings with someone who has been through a similar experience.