'Do you mean I'm not whole?: Exploring the role of support in womens experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction
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AbstractThis study explores the role of others in supporting younger women who opt not to reconstruct their breast post-mastectomy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six women diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30s/40s. The women lived in England, had been diagnosed a minimum of 5 years previously and had undergone unilateral mastectomy. An interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed three themes: Assuring the self: ‘I’ll love you whatever’, Challenging the self: ‘Do you mean I’m not whole?’ and Accepting the self: ‘I’ve come out the other side’. The women’s experiences of positive support and challenges to their sense of self are discussed.
CitationArcher, S. et al (2016) 'Do you mean Im not whole?: Exploring the role of support in womens experiences of mastectomy without reconstruction,' Journal of Health Psychology, DOI: 10.1177/1359105316664135
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
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