How you feel when you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, having treatment and beyond is individual to you, and you may experience many different emotions over time.

Most people vividly remember how they felt when they were told they had breast cancer. Whatever your initial feelings, you may go on to experience many different emotions over time.

You may be frightened about what the future holds, you may feel shocked or angry, or you may be relieved that the cancer has been found and is going to be treated.

There’s no list of right or wrong, good or bad feelings and no order you must have them in.

It’s natural to be anxious when you’re coping with a potentially life-threatening illness.

Anxiety can have many physical and emotional effects, from making you feel irritable to stopping you eating and sleeping properly.

If negative thoughts are interfering with your life and don’t go away within a few weeks or keep coming back, you could be depressed.

Depression is a common condition and can occur at any time during your diagnosis, treatment or after treatment has finished.

There are many ways to find help to cope with the emotional impact of breast cancer. Friends and family can offer support or you could speak to your doctor.

Don’t be afraid to ask for support from those who care about you. It can help to talk about your feelings and try not to distance yourself from people.

Talk to other people affected by breast cancer

For some people, talking to others who are in a similar situation can help to decrease feelings of anxiety, isolation or fear. You may want to consider meeting face to face with people in a similar situation.

Regular physical activity has many health benefits, but it can also help improve your mood and reduce anxiety and depression.

Eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep may also help you to cope better with stress.