Talking to Friends & Family About Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breaking the news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer can be difficult. You may be worried about upsetting your family and friends or how they will react. Telling children can be especially difficult. Even after you have shared the news, you may have difficulty later talking openly to others about your diagnosis and treatment.  Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help, to answer questions about how you’re doing, or to tell well-meaning relatives and friends that you need some time and space for yourself.

Below are some tips from breastcancer.org about talking about breast cancer with your family and friends. Naturally, the conversation is likely to change whether you are talking with a close relative or acquaintance, an adult or a child. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you are the one who guides the conversation and decides how much information you do or do not wish to share. The content and the tone are entirely up to you.

If you’d like to talk to someone at Forge to help prepare, please reach out to Janet Dees, our Client Services Coordinator, at (205) 990-5367 or [email protected].

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