Having a serious illness like cancer, heart disease, or ALS can be very lonely, and no one should try to bear it alone. First, it isn't practical to hide something that serious from friends and family without them noticing that something is troubling you. Second, acting like everything is okay when it's not, requires energy you need for treatment and recovery.
However, sharing a difficult diagnosis with loved ones makes it more real, which can be a huge challenge when still coming to terms with the diagnosis yourself.
Misdiagnosis happens, so make sure you get a second opinion. Until then, keep the news within your inner circle. You might consider sparing the kids until you get confirmation.
There is a way out of every box, a solution to every puzzle; it's just a matter of finding it.by Kenny
Once you have the right diagnosis, talk to your closest family members and friends. Leave your neighbors, childhood friends, and coworkers out of it for now.
It's best to do it in person, if possible. If you're not feeling up to the task, ask your spouse, sibling, or any other close family member to share the news on your behalf; follow up personally when ready.
Ask them to keep the news confidential, at least for now. You don't want to be 'outed' in a heartfelt social media post before you talk to the people outside your inner circle.
The desire to shield your kids from the news is natural. However, the kids probably already know something is wrong. Decide how much to tell them depending on their ages and emotional maturity.
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