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3/17/2012Before I was diagnosed with BC, I was estranged with a close family member. This member has not reached out or even asked another member about how I am doing or about my prognosis. I feel like just separating myself from this negative and only focusing on the positive. What do you recommend?
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3/18/2012Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. It can be difficult to travel this unexoected journey of breast cancer, and it helps both physically and emotionally to have loving, caring, supportive people around you. If a family member is distant and has not stepped forward to reach out to you, then move forward with the family and friends you can count on. As you said, leave the negativity behind...this is time you put the focus on you, and nurture your self as you move forward. Sometimes it helps to join a support group, where you hear of the experience, strength and hope of other survivors, and for some survivors, counsleing with therapists that work with cancer survivors can also be helpful. Hope this helps and best wishes.

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