5. Never underestimate just how much having breast cancer will affect you psychologically and emotionally. It's not just the scars that you can see that you need to adjust to and it's not a good idea to ignore this. Whilst the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder I developed as a result of all my emergency, life-threatening treatment has subsided greatly, it still rears it's ugly head and catches me out when I least expect it. This plus the psychological impact of the changes to my body has taken its toll over the past year and I have a long way to go before I will reach a place where I can truly be happy again.
I could add considerably more to this list and I will probably talk more about them over the coming weeks but I think it is fair to say that nothing really prepares you for life after diagnosis. You just have to plough your way through it as best you can and hope for the best whilst preparing for the worst.
Most importantly I have discovered that there is life and it is worth living - I just need to work at how!