The Loneliness of Breast Cancer

“No one wants to hear those words. The implications of the physical and emotional trauma that will follow with treatments are a lot for anyone to take in. If you are lucky to have close friends and family, they will be sure to help out in any way they can. But even with friends and family around, a profound sense of loneliness may set in. Part of the reason for the loneliness is because the person with breast cancer is experiencing situations and emotions that few others can understand unless they have had breast cancer themselves. How can you truly communicate the storm of feelings you are being bombarded with to others unless they themselves have been or are going through that storm. They can empathize, but that’s only up to a certain point. After that, it becomes difficult for them to truly understand and connect with the person’s experience.”

-Psychology Today