Which Of My Family And Friends Do I Tell?
It's up to you which of your friends and family, if any, to tell about your diagnosis. However, keep in mind:
- Friends and family want to help. If they know, they can be part of your support team.
- People will talk with each other. If they don't hear the news from you, they are likely to hear it from someone else. It may be better for them to hear the story directly from you than incorrectly from some one else.
- You may want to give yourself some time after a diagnosis to understand the situation and deal with the inital emotions before telling some people.
If you have young children living with you, it is important to tell them. They'll know something is wrong, and will blame it on themselves. Engage them in helping. (For information about telling underage children, click here.)