If you and your partner are having issues with intimacy: If your breast cancer treatment involves a mastectomy or other surgery, you may have concerns about body image.
So it should come as no surprise that the day before my double mastectomy, I went to get my hair done.
I thought it was important to have nice shiny hair while getting my breasts removed.
You will both have changed and this means you may need to devote more time to your relationship to "rediscover" each other. Breast cancer and its treatment will affect your body and some women find they lose confidence after treatment, that they feel less sexy or uncomfortable in their own skin.
Side effects from drug treatments may also result in a loss of libido or vaginal dryness.
You might like to visit a counsellor together to discuss some of these issues in more detail.
Remember you have both been through a trying time and a significant life event.Your body has changed - there's no getting away from that and some women find it hard to accept their new bodies.It's important to remember that most women are not entirely happy with their bodies anyway, whether or not they've had breast cancer, so don't be too hard on yourself.Going Under the Knife The night before my surgery, I took off my bra, put on my bunny ears and tried my best to squeeze out a smile, as I posed on my bed.I asked my friend to take pictures of me, so I could remember what my real breasts looked like.I always enjoyed my perky B minus cups (as I sometimes fondly called them) and never had the desire to upgrade.