Blogging May Boost Moods of Breast Cancer Patients

Being diagnosed with breast cancer can feel like your whole world has shifted. Because of the emotional and physical toll that the cancer takes on their bodies, it is very common for women to go through depression during their battle with the disease. However, a recent study has a revealed an easy tool for helping women cope with the struggles they are going through: blogging. The research, which is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that online tools may actually be positive ways for women to share their experiences with friends and family.

Most women feel very comfortable opening up to their support groups, however, not all of them feel as confident when talking to their loved ones. Their reaction may be to hide that they are scared or they may be afraid of being pitied or judged. Blogs allow these women to share their struggles, triumphs and reflections with those who are close to them. The websites examined in the study helped women to "be able to truly tell their story, express emotions and communicate with others without having to repeat information about their diagnosis and treatment,"lead author Annette Stanton, a psychologist professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, explained to Reuters.

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