PUBLISHED ON: 16 January 2020

Susan struggled with feelings of guilt, isolation and loneliness after being diagnosed in 2016. This is how she managed her emotions. 

I regret keeping it all to myself 

In this episode, we speak to Susan, who has written extensively about her experience with breast cancer. 

After being diagnosed, Susan’s mental health and wellbeing went into decline, and it took her mother encouraging her to seek professional help for her to realise that breast cancer had really impacted her emotions. 

She explores the effect that cancer had on her personal life – from how she treated other people to how they, in turn, treated her. 

At the beginning, I really locked myself away. I rarely left the house unless I had to, and even if I saw people I knew I would cross the road and go the other way.

 

You can hear more from Susan in our personal stories section and also in her book, Beyond the Pink

Everyone’s experience is unique to them. This podcast contains the personal story and experience of the speaker, rather than that of Breast Cancer Now. 

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