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How you might feel after diagnosis

Cancer treatment can change the way you feel about yourself (your self-esteem). You may feel less confident about who you are and what you can do. This is more common if your body has changed physically, but even if it has not.

Dealing with the cancer diagnosis and the treatment can make you feel like you’re on an emotional rollercoaster. You may not be able to imagine yourself being in a sexual situation after what has happened to your body. If you are single, you may feel anxious about initiating a new relationship. You may feel angry if you are now unable to have children.

These feelings are common, and can affect your self-esteem and your attitude towards intimacy. It will help to talk about how you feel with your partner or other women who have had cancer.

Some people find that physical activities – sports, dancing classes, exercise – improve their body image. Creative activities such as painting, playing music, and craft can also increase your self-confidence.