How do I tell my loved ones about my cancer?
Upon learning that he has prostate cancer, a man is often in such a state of shock that he hears nothing other than the word cancer. "Why me? What did I do wrong? To whom and how will I tell about my cancer? It's not fair". The many reactions linked to illness, treatments, temporary changes in family life, as well as uncertainty about the future can be a great and important source of anxiety.
In reality, no one is responsible for the development of prostate cancer. Men who do not know who to confide in, who do not know what the resources are or who do not want to be a burden on their loved ones can experience an immense feeling of loneliness.
Inform family and friends
No one should experience a crisis as severe as cancer alone. The people around you can help you. After the initial shock, you may wonder, "Who should I tell the news to?" And then "When? How will my loved ones react? Should I tell them everything?"
You will experience a range of emotions, fears, and concerns when the diagnosis is announced. Those around you who know you well will notice these changes and feel that something's wrong or different. Sooner or later, they will hear the news; so, in most cases, it is best that the announcement comes from you.
You will find the strength to announce the news and the right time to do so. You will choose the members of your family and close friends to whom you wish to confide in. Most people believe that children should be made aware of it, although instinctively, we would rather protect them and not say anything. But children also experience discomfort, and will most certainly feel yours. What you say to your loved ones will depend on their age, emotional maturity and, of course, your willingness to speak out about your illness.
People will react differently to the news. Do not be upset if they have no reaction at all, right away. Some may need some time to adjust. As for you, by talking about your illness, you open the door to communication; you give your loved ones the opportunity to express their feelings, help each other, comfort each other while comforting you. Over time, most will find the resources in them to deal with this stressful news.
It's good to talk
This can help you better understand your own emotions and have more control over the situation. It can also strengthen your bonds with your loved ones and give them a more precise idea of what you are going through. And be aware that there is no right or wrong way to talk about your cancer.
Take the time to visit each of our pages on this website, as well as our YouTube channel, in order to get familiar with the disease with our expert lectures, our section on available resources, the support that is offered to you.
Do you have any questions or concerns? Above all, do not hesitate. Contact us at 1 855 899-2873 to discuss with a nurse specializing in uro-oncology. It's simple and free, like all our services.
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