Different people may react differently when they hear the word cancer. Feelings of sadness, fear and shame are often associated with cancer. For this reason, some people want to keep their cancer diagnosis very private.
You may only want to tell family members or a few close friends about your cancer diagnosis. This news can be especially hard on family members, but it’s usually a good idea to be open and honest with them.
These tips may help you tell your family and friends about a cancer diagnosis.
Be as honest as possible about the situation and your feelings. You don’t need to act upbeat and positive or brave, if that’s not how you feel.
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