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Having breast cancer is like having a second job. You put in long hours in treatment, after which you may feel worn out (or worse), you miss meals, social engagements, and you're not always sure what your benefits are. Meanwhile, you weren't exactly idle before you were diagnosed - you had obligations and pleasures at home, at work, and among friends. Add the many decisions you're asked to make, the medical terms you start to learn, and the times you spend keeping up on clinic visits and paperwork - and you may be too pooped to do much of anything else.
So just stop! That's right - Stop! Sit down, take time, and get a grip on what you're doing and why you're doing it. Many of us are under pressure to keep behaving as if we weren't cancer patients (like the main character in The Incredible Shrinking Woman). But that just isn't realistic.
Please -- if you're blaming yourself, munching junk food, and generally sabotaging your recovery. You do not have to be a SuperWoman, and you don't have to let others or the cancer define you. With all that said, here's my list of 10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself If You Have Breast Cancer.
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