Whether to share the news you have cancer with others can be a very personal decision. You're probably not sure what to do or how much to reveal.
Some people with cancer choose to tell their loved ones only; others find it helps to let people they come in regular contact with know about their diagnosis. When people decide to tell others, they may do so for these reasons:
- It's too big and scary to deal with alone.
- It lets other people give support.
- It gives family and good friends a chance to say how they feel.
People who decide not to share their diagnosis have given these reasons for not doing so:
- They're not ready to talk about it.
- They're afraid that other people will be scared.
- They think other people may not want to be around them.
- Saying the words out loud makes the cancer more "real."
- They don't want others to feel sorry for them or change how they treat them.