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Expressing Difficult Emotions

​Talking to someone about your thoughts, feelings, worries and concerns can help you to improve your emotional well-being and prevent your worries and concerns from getting worse.

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Your family and friends may feel relieved or glad that you have finished treatments. They may think that it is time for you to go back to your previous responsibilities and routines and no longer require support. They may not understand the fears or worries that you have. You may not want to ask them for more help. You may not have family or close friends to confide in.

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There is no shame in talking about what you feel, and asking for help. Help can come in different ways. You may:

  • Find it helpful to meet and talk to other women who have "been there".
  • Turn to your faith for strength.
  • Find it helpful to talk to a professional counsellor.

Everyone is different. Everyone copes with emotions, stress and tensions differently. Allow yourself to do what feels right for you.

Self-Reflection Exercise:

A senior woman thinking and writingThe purpose of this exercise is to help you think about and write down what you can do to help you feel better. Take 5-minutes now to write down your thoughts to the following questions.

You may want to print a copy of your answers so you can review them later to see if your answers have helped you to cope. To print a copy, click the PRINT button. Your answer will not be saved once you leave this page.


For more information on cancer-related depression and anxiety and how to cope, please refer to the suggested readings:


  1. Cancer Care Ontario