Parents, family, and friends
Some young women say the hardest part of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is telling their mothers and fathers. They worry about the distress their parents will feel on hearing the news.
Often with good intentions, some parents rush in to take over managing care. Others may be less intrusive, helping at medical appointments or with babysitting, cooking and errands. For very young women living on their own, or independent but living at home, it can be difficult to feel dependent on parents again, even for a short time.
Siblings can be strong supports, but long-standing conflicts may create problems. Extended family members, such as cousins, might provide help with less emotional intensity. Friends or acquaintances sometimes act like extended family, especially for young women who live far from relatives.
Going through diagnosis and the demands and side effects of treatment may strengthen a relationship with a steady or live-in partner, or spouse. The stresses also can cause that relationship to end.