Being diagnosed with cancer is difficult for anyone. It is natural to have fears about what is happening to your body, and what your new normal will look like and feel like.
After surgery, especially for mastectomy patients, the anticipation of what to expect when your dressings are removed can be overwhelming. Looking at your scar can be a difficult first step. Some women especially feel best taking this first step at home. This is a very personal decision. You might feel you want to be alone, or that you need a family member or close friend there with you for support. For the first look, it may be easier looking down at it, rather than looking at yourself in a mirror.
Below is a list of reputable online resources that can help with coping with breast cancer:
MyLifeLine (Personal cancer support website)
Life Beyond Cancer Foundation