Talking with family and friends can help you to make important decisions, feel more in control, build bonds, and, most importantly, get the support you need. Remember, what you feel comfortable talking about, and who you talk about it with, is up to you.
To help your conversations, try some of the tips below:
It can be especially difficult to let your children, or grandchildren, know about your cancer diagnosis, and you may consider not sharing the news with them. However, children can usually sense something is going on, and being open and honest can help them avoid misinterpreting the situation. Letting them know will also mean that they can ask any questions and help them cope better. Below are some tips for telling children:
Talking to your employer about your diagnosis may seem scary for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s important to know that your job is secure and that you are protected against discrimination by law, so this should not be a concern.
Talking to your employer will help them to support you. They can take action and allow you to take time off when necessary. They can also tell you about your company’s sick pay procedures. Some tips for talking to employers are highlighted below:
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Sometimes, you may find it helpful talking with someone you don’t know. This may be because you don’t have to worry about protecting or upsetting loved ones, or because you simply need reassurance from an outside perspective. It may also be beneficial to talk to somebody who knows what you are going through.
Remember that you are never alone, and that there are people out there who are more than willing to help.
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