Getting Your Confidence Back After A Mastectomy

Woman Heals After Mastectomy

She is recovering after a mastectomy. Photo via Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain).

Undergoing mastectomy surgery is one of the most devastating processes a women can go through. It can leave us feeling like we have lost a part of our femininity in our battle through to recovery and that can have a powerful effect on our confidence. There are many things that we can do, however, to start building that confidence back up and here are some tips to help you get back to your confident self. One step at a time.

Listen To Your Feelings

There is no right or wrong way to feel about yourself and your body after a mastectomy operation. As fighters of breast cancer it is easy to feel that to grieve the loss of a breast is shallow. However the most important thing that we can do is give ourselves the necessary time to go through this process by accepting our feelings, both positive and negative. It is normal to feel sad and we must be kind to ourselves in accepting all our emotions as they come.

Every woman’s journey is different and unique, so listening to your feelings and emotions is an integral part of the healing process and an important things to do in order to move forwards. Talking to other women who have had the same experience or talking to family and friends about how you are feeling will help you to process this new chapter of your life and will help you move forwards into this new chapter of your life feeling loved and supported.

Mastectomy Apparel

An important step in the post-mastectomy recovery process is finding clothes that help us to feel feminine and confident again. There are now a huge range of bras, sports apparel, vests, swim suits and pajamas that you can feel comfortable in. Look online at a dedicated website like,, that creates beautiful ranges of clothes specifically designed for women who have undergone a mastectomy.

Rebuilding Your Life

After going through such a challenging time in your life, it is now time to focus on yourself and take time to rebuild yourself and your confidence. It is easy for some women to want to shy away from certain activities that they used to do, however moving forwards with a positive attitude is the best way that you can start working on getting your life back and enjoying yourself again.

Surround yourself with those who you trust and love the most and get out and about and get active again. Rebuilding your life after a difficult chapter is essential to begin feeling like yourself again, but be careful to not push yourself too far, too soon. Listen to yourself and take it slow and build yourself back to physical and emotional strength with the help and love of those around you.

Know Your Options

Speaking regularly with your doctor after a mastectomy is really important in order to talk through your feelings, receive solid advice and understand your options. Every woman has a different relationship with their bodies so there is no one-size-fits-all approach. So listening to your doctor can open up many different options available to you, that will help you to move forwards positively, optimistically and confidently.