Where to Go for Help

August 31, 2015

Living through a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affects every person differently. But one thing is true for everyone: You do not have to go through it alone! There are many people, groups, and organizations that can help you every step of the way. These include:

  • Your oncologist, oncology nurse, nurse navigator, oncology social worker or other members of your healthcare team
  • Your primary care physician, gynecologist, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant
  • Licensed mental health providers, including clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychiatrists and psychologists who work with women with cancer
  • A community health center or clinic
  • Trusted family members or friends
  • Your community center or place of worship
  • Support groups for women affected by breast cancer
  • Social networking outlets, blogs and online resources for those affected by breast cancer. (Ask your care team about good sites, and always share with them what you learn.)
  • A health coach from your insurance company
  • LBBC’s Breast Cancer Helpline, (888) 753-LBBC (5222), through which you can talk with a peer who has had breast cancer

If You Feel Life Is Not Worth Living

If you feel hopeless, reckless or trapped, or you think you are in danger of hurting yourself, we strongly encourage you to call the National Suicide Preventioninfo-icon Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. This free hotline, a service of Mental Healthinfo-icon America, is staffed with trained counselors day and night. Call right away if you:

  • Have thoughts of wanting to hurt or kill yourself
  • Are looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Feel hopeless, cannot control your anger or feel as if there is no way out
  • Are doing more risky things
  • Are using alcohol or drugs more often and too much
  • Have extreme mood changes
  • Tend to isolate yourself from friends and loved ones
  • Lose your sense of purpose in life
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