Woman Holding Crying Woman

How to Tell Friends and Family About a Difficult Diagnosis

Receiving a difficult diagnosis can leave you with a mix of complex emotions and saying it out loud to others makes it feel even more real. Sharing your illness with friends, family members, and acquaintances can be as challenging as getting the news yourself in the first place. Therefore, it’s essential to learn how to tell people in your circle about your condition so you can start building a network of support. Having people by your side throughout the journey can be both comforting and empowering. We reached out to our members to ask them to offer some tips on how they shared their difficult news. Read through some common responses: Tell Those Closest to You Face-To-Face There is undoubtedly power in the human touch, and having the physical support of your loved ones can give you strength and a deeper connection. A hug or a handhold is often worth more than any words of condolence. Delivering the news in person allows for a back-and-forth dialogue about your diagnosis and treatment options. Questions can be answered in real-time and with honesty. It is helpful to read your loved one’s non-verbal cues and provide a space for them to express their …

How to Tell Friends and Family About a Difficult Diagnosis Read More »