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Some people don’t want to talk about their thoughts or feelings, or about their cancer and its treatment.
The first thing to remember is you don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to. Every time I did it got a little easier. As long as you remember you don’t have to tell people you don’t want to, you begin to feel in control of how you open up to people. Sadie
The first thing to remember is you don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to. Every time I did it got a little easier. As long as you remember you don’t have to tell people you don’t want to, you begin to feel in control of how you open up to people.
They’d rather just get on with life, and find that doing normal everyday things and not discussing the cancer is the best way for them to cope. While you may not want to talk about your cancer, remember that the people you care about may want to. Try to be open and honest with your family and friends and let them know that it’s hard for you to talk and there may be a limit to how much you feel able to share.
You may also want time with your friends when you don’t talk about your cancer, for example if you’re going out somewhere to enjoy yourselves. In this situation don’t be afraid to tell your friends that you’d rather not talk about your cancer today or that you’ll bring up the issue if you want to discuss it.
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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