How to Talk with Loved Ones About Your Cancer Diagnosis

Sep 29 • 2014
Talk to Loved Ones About Cancer Diagnosis

When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it can be difficult to find the balance between telling your loved ones right away and waiting until you are ready. The amount of time this can take is different for everyone, but it is important to remember that once other people know there will be a great support system for you to lean on during the tough times.

Before you decide to speak with your loved ones about your diagnosis, it is important to analyze how you feel and what you expect from others. You should recognize that each person will react in his or her own way. Some people may want to talk with you about it right away, while others might hide their feelings until they have been able to come to terms with the news. Regardless of what the reactions may be, don’t feel pressured to divulge more information than you feel comfortable speaking about at that time.

For parents who are coping with cancer, telling their children can be the most intimidating part. It is important to involve your children as much as possible depending on their age and coping mechanisms. Encourage your children to talk to you about how they are feeling and give them a little bit of information at a time so they do not feel confused or overwhelmed.

Once your friends and family members are aware of your diagnosis, many of them will likely offer to help in any way possible. While you may not feel you need assistance right away, don’t hesitate to take them up on their offer if the time comes where you do need some help. Cancer treatments can be exhausting and leave you feeling weak, so having a support system to provide meals, clean house, and just be there for you during the difficult times can be a big relief.

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