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Living Well With MBC > Looking After Yourself

Looking After Yourself

Living with metastatic breast cancer can take a real toll on all aspects of your life.1 That’s why looking after yourself is especially important. But what does looking after yourself mean? And how can you do it when you’re facing so many other challenges? There are simple things you can do each day that can help you feel better and live better with MBC. After all, small things can make a big difference.


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Get physical

Get physical
Get physical

Sleep well

Sleep well
Sleep well

Be comfortable with your body

Sex & intimacy


Eating well

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