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Sharing Your Diagnosis with Loved Ones

I found it really difficult to share information with friends and family about what I was dealing with before and even during my diagnosis. My mom and I sat down to talk about the importance of being open with your loved ones about what you’re going through, not only for their sake but also for yours.

Did you find it difficult to share news about your diagnosis with family? Share in the comments below!

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Comments

  • Ann Harper moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @crystal_hu As I listen to this again I cant help but to highlight the point of seeing a doctor when you know something about your body isn’t right. If the doctor says you’re fine, but you know you’re not, find another doctor and keep digging.

  • Catmom23
    3 weeks ago

    I was diagnosed with CLL 5 years ago. My family was going thru a lot, my oncologist said I was in the early watch and wait stage, I lived far away, and knowing how my siblings would be super and overly-concerned I opted not to share the news right away. I waited until just recently to share the news. Predictably my siblings were unhappy that I had waited so long to tell them, but there were so many other things going on I think I made the right choice. I spared them 4 years of worrying about me since I’m still in the watch and wait stage. Maybe if I had been living close by I would have told them sooner. Yes, it was difficult to share the news since I knew it would upset everyone, and there’s not much that anyone can do at this point anyway except watch and worry together.

  • Ann Harper moderator
    2 weeks ago

    I’ve always felt like you do – why worry anyone when there is nothing they can do anyway, but now I feel having a support system is so important. Just wondering how long you have been in watch and wait mode? I am too and feel so fortunate to be given this time.

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    3 weeks ago

    @crystal_hu Great real-life conversation to show people how you can share life-changing news with friends and loved ones. 🙂 Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

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