Let's Get Beyond Just Surviving
A little unknown fact, is that nearly 80% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
The symptoms can include fear, anxiety, depression and an overwhelming sense that life feels different and more vulnerable than it ever has before. And the worse part of this is besides the memory loss, feeling tired all of the time, etc; is that it doesn't happen right after the treatments.
It normally starts four years after they have started their breast cancer journey.
Nearly 300,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer just in the U.S. alone.
What many people don't know is that the fight continues long after chemo & reconstruction surgery is done.
Nearly 80% of these women, according to BreastCancer.org, get some form of post traumatic stress disorder that shows in the form of depression, stress, fatigue, hallucinations, and feeling emotionally numb.
Life After Breast Cancer
There is this notion that once the chemo treatments are done, the hair is grown back in and some resemblance of the "girls" are back in place, that the journey is done.
Unfortunately, for many women it is just the beginning.
PTSD for women who have gone through breast cancer can start as early as 6 months but for most the symptoms don't come to light till around the 4th year.
You have women who have lost their job or has had to face bankruptcy due to the financial burden they were put in because of the medical bills.
The feeling of loss or the need for change and not sure how to deal with either.
And the list goes on.