Not all women choose the same route to recovery. Unlike me, Michele Qualtrough
, aged 55 and a hospital teacher, diagnosed in 2003, has decided against reconstructive surgery. She said:
For Michele, having a supportive husband has made her decision straightforward. It is not a situation all partners find easy to cope with and relationships can be strained. For single women the process may be difficult, especially when looking to start a new relationship.
In these situations it is useful to share feelings with others who have faced similar dilemmas. Find an internet forum you feel comfortable with, or approach your breast
care nurse to be put in touch with others going through the same experience.