It’s hard enough to hear the words ‘breast cancer’ when your doctor is explaining you are sick, but how do you talk your loved ones about it? As you struggle with your own array of emotions – fear, anxiety, tears, strength, determination – so will those who learn of your breast cancer diagnosis as they hear your news.
I’m a breast cancer survivor myself, and telling my children that I was diagnosed was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. I have always been their pillar of strength and wanted to stay that way. My 13-year-old daughter immediately cried, while my 11-year-old son, attempting to be strong, fell absolutely silent and walked away. We made it through that tough day, as well as the surgeries and hospitalizations, the treatment and hair loss, and the recuperation.
It’s no easy task to have a conversation with your loved ones about your breast cancer, but if and when you choose to discuss it with your loved ones, here is some helpful advice.