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How to Share Being Diagnosed with Cancer

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Cancer is one of the most feared illnesses known to man. And people who end up being Diagnosed with Cancer often have a hard time in letting their loved ones know of their disease. This is so because having a tumor is painstaking as well as very costly. Coping with the thought of having the disease is hard enough, and having to deal with the would-be reactions of the people who will know about your situation makes things even harder. The stress of having to tell loved ones the pinch you are in can be very stressful especially when you are already filled with the fears and anxiety of what could happen next.

Who to Tell

Most people being Diagnosed with Cancer are burdened with the feeling of the responsibility to tell everyone about their condition. Thinking everyone you know has the right to know of your situation is very ordinary, but doing so is not always the best option. It is always for the better that you first share your illness to only those who you know are reliable and will support you in your endeavor. Immediate family and very close friends are commonly the best candidates. Negative reactions may have very big effects in this stage because the patient would normally still be in shock about the result of the diagnosis. So it is advisable to let only those who you know will be supporting you with words of encouragement know about your ordeal.

Accepting the Illness

Acceptance of the fact that you have been Diagnosed with Cancer is the first big step towards telling others of your illness. You cannot hope to tell people of the harsh reality when you yourself still fail to accept it. Only after recognizing the disease can one truly seek for cure.

The Right Words to Say

Telling someone “I have cancer” is one of the biggest ordeals a patient who has been Diagnosed with Cancer needs to overcome. While uttering those words loudly may relieve some stress from the patient, it may result to great fear and anxiety for the ones who will hear it. It is a normal reaction that when someone hears the word Cancer he will immediately imagine the worst possible scenarios. This is why the patient should immediately follow up with the current stage of the cancer to clarify things. They will be able to give you proper support if they are well aware of the details of your condition.

Do not be afraid to tell your loved ones you have Cancer. The support they can provide is priceless.