Telling friends and family that you have been diagnosed with cancer is not an easy task. Not only do you have to deal with the new emotions you are feeling, but you also have to cope with the reaction of the person you are telling. This can result in added stress, which can increase your own fears and anxiety.
- Be candid and honest about your disease. You can pick and choose what details you would like to share. Remember, though, these are the people who are going to be your support system. Being straightforward about your fears and anxieties is essential.
- Often, the biggest challenge is saying the words “I have cancer.” Saying those words aloud can release emotions that you may have been suppressing. Even though it may be difficult to find the right words, this is a very therapeutic process, because you are admitting you are sick—the first step in coping with cancer-admittance.
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