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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mental Health Is Not An Oxymoron

Most of you know me as @ibeatcancrtwice, a loud-mouthed vocal health activist in the breast cancer world.  What you might not know is that I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by trade. There is much overlap of these two worlds, particularly for people facing breast cancer.  Self-image is so closely interwoven with body image, especially in our highly sexualized society, that mental and emotional stability are often deeply shaken by a diagnosis of breast cancer. A big part of the breast cancer experience is adjusting to the "new normal," both physically and emotionally. 

Although struggles with breast cancer and mental health usually go hand in hand, the reverse is not true: most mental health issues have nothing to do with breast, or any other, cancer.

Since the mission of Stay In The Pink is to support people affected  by breast cancer, I write another blog, Psycho Babble, to focus specifically on marriage, kids, stress, fighting fair and other relationship issues.  Or I might talk about depression, anxiety, or PTSD.

Oh, did I mention sex?  That, too.

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