Especially if you’re a primary caretaker, it’s important to make sure to find time for yourself to de-stress. Your first instinct may be to set aside your own needs for as long as it takes. But by talking to your own friends and family, asking for help and advice when you need it, eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep, you’ll better be able to help your loved one.
“Getting a breast cancer diagnosis, starting treatment and eventually going into recovery is more of a marathon than a sprint,” says Dr. Mislowsky. “That goes for both patients and their support systems.”