Expressing how you feel

Writing can be a therapeutic way of expressing your feelings about your breast cancer diagnosis. It may help you see your diagnosis within the context of your life, and allow you to find words to describe how you feel now or felt in the past.

If you're unsure about where to start, or haven't had any writing experience, our guide may help. You can also chat to other women and men who have written about their experience, and read their stories for inspiration.

Your writing guide

It can be hard to know where to start if you haven't written before. There are many ways to write, through prose or poetry or notes. Our guide gives you simple tips and steps that may help.

Fran with her friends
At first, I worried that everything I wrote was awful. It can be so hard to open up. But it's important to do so in every aspect of our lives, especially the more demanding times. Writing gave me strength, and I felt so proud once I'd created something.

Fran, Digital Voice

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Find tips in our guide

Share your story

If you have written about your experience and would like to share it with us, we would love to hear from you.

Share your story

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Find inspiration

Fran

Fran's story

Fran explains how writing helped her face her demons and gives her top tips for telling your story.

Find support at a Younger Women Together event

Kreena's story

Kreena talks about tackling taboos around cancer in her community, and starting the conversation.

Stu gives support to partners of women diagnosed with breast cancer

Stu's story

Stu felt helpless when his wife was diagnosed, and found talking about his feelings vital.

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Speak to others in our writing group

Get tips on telling your story, share your writing or ask questions to our Digital Voices, women and men who have had a diagnosis and written about their experience, in our dedicated Forum writing group.

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Support for you

Writing about your story can be an emotional experience. You can speak to our breast care nurses, find events in your area and get support online at any time.