How do I talk to my family about my cancer diagnosis?
Telling family and friends about a spinal or brain tumor is painful and difficult, but sharing with supportive people will help you move forward. During this time, your family and friends might ask questions, some of which you cannot answer. However, it is important to be honest, even with children. Those close to you should be familiar with your course of treatment, so they can understand what you will be going through, both physically and emotionally. Encourage family and friends to ask questions both of you and those providing your treatment.
If you or your family needs help understanding your diagnosis or coping, there are numerous organizations dedicated to helping both patients and families with all aspects of life. The CERN Foundation encourages you to contact these experts anytime you need further information about living and coping with a cancer. The list below is a great place to start:
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter where you can connect with fellow patients and caregivers. You can also contact a CERN Member if you have a specific question.