Telling family and friends about a cancer diagnosis can be difficult. Although you may feel very alone at this time, it’s important to remember the cancer also affects them.
They will be worried about you because you are an important part of their life. They may also be concerned about the changes you may have to make to your working life or education, and the financial impact of this.
You may worry about how your family or friends will react. Will they withdraw from you? Will they blame you? You may feel guilty about the effect of the cancer and its treatment on the lives of your family and friends.
Some people feel guilty because they think they have caused the cancer themselves in some way. In most cases it’s not clear what’s caused someone’s cancer. There is no reason to blame yourself.
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