Talking to your loved ones about your diagnosis and treatment and maintaining communication can be difficult. However you can’t expect them to know how you’re feeling unless you tell them. It’s OK to tell people the truth even if the truth is that you don’t want to talk about cancer. If you’re not OK today, be OK with saying that. When you are ready to talk, remember that communication about your journey begins with you. If you need care and support, just ask! Keep those communication lines open. Be direct, open, and receptive. Here is a listing of our resources for friends and family.
Don’t forget to talk with your children about your diagnosis and treatment. You may want to hide things from them in order to protect them, but they’re smart little people and often know when something is going on. Sometimes children think that they have done something wrong that caused this, so talking to and reassuring them helps them to process things without blaming themselves. You will want to use age appropriate language, and ask them to tell you what they understand about what you’ve told them. Allowing them to express their thoughts and fears with you will help them along the way as well. Here is a cartoon that might help your children understand more about what is happening to you. Check out our survivor and expert videos on a variety of topics, including talking to your children about cancer, to help you along your way!