Hi, just wanted to say,
i agree with all the points below...I had the same dillemna, both with my initial diagnosis and with my recurrence.... The latter because by then several friends had also got cancer and were comforted by my long gap with no mets.....so I felt I was letting them down!
However my own personal choice was to tell them because I needed to get some support ....I found that we all seemed to be even closer because of the common condition....an interesting outcome.
but, its a personal choice for each of us... No right or wrong and no need to rush to decide either.
Flossy03 - hi, by this time you'll possibly have more info & I hope it's not as bad as you feared. Re Telling People. I had lumpectomy 25th May with no lymph node involvement. The only people I told were my OH & 2 best friends & also my boss. He was great. Told boss that I didn't want it bandied about & that he could, if asked, say it was women's trouble or whatever. Now been back at work 3 weeks and there's been no awkwardness or anything....I can tell that they genuinely don't know. I also have a 82 year old worry wart of a mother & thought long and hard about what to tell her. Eventually I decided to tell her that my mammogram had shown up some abnormal cells and that the thinking nowadays is that it is safer to remove them. Not really a lie as I suppose that's what cancer is. She took that quite well.......just some questions re how, why etc. Just said Mum, nobody really knows..... Obviously if I had needed chemo - then I would have had to rethink my whole strategy. Thankfully, I didn't. I really couldn't have coped with casual acquaintances & colleagues pity. I do hope you manage to find a way round this that is acceptable to you + sending best wishes and hugs. Carol xxx
As others say - there never is a good time to tell anyone about such a diagnosis.
On the practial side - it may help to tell the 'worriers' about it when you have more knowledge yourself about your diagnosis, such as stage and grade, as well as a rough idea what your treatment plan looks like.
Like this it may be easier to explain to them, why they may not have to worry too much. Men also seem to prefer the more 'practical' approach.
It may be worth remembering that many have the image of cancer patients of 20 odd years ago in their mind, which may make their worries worse. Cancer and cancer treatment is not, what it was then - it has come such a very long way. I went to a Cancer Research fund raising event at my local pub yesterday - and was totally blown away meeting people with and post cancer diagnosis - and I would never have thought. It made me feel great, as we are a very small village. I am not on my own - and they did not guess at my 'status' either!
Enlisting support to tell people is really good. My MiL is worry incarnate (and over 80) and although I told her on the phone she didn't really hear me so I made sure I got husbands bro to talk to her properly. Although I get about the 'being strong for them' idea it can be an additional worry and stress that you don't need. Only you can do what is right for you.
ive gradually put no out there telling friends and contacts. The person I struggled most to tell was a good friend I work without who was going through her own hellish set of struggles and I really felt bad to add to her woes (another born worrier) - as it was she was awesome when I buckled up to tell her. Your dad may surprise you. Give him practical things to do to support you. These may not require any skills or abilities. It could be as simple as phone me andt tell me a joke each day. And whatever happens his reaction is his. You cannot control it. We can only control what we do. And how we react to others. We can't control their actions or reactions.
will be thinking of you on this journey. Xxxx hugs
I was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago now. Had MRI last Wednsday - rather an undignified position but not painful. Saw consultant yesterday and the option is R side Mastectomy. I told my other half twp weeks ago, he works away so is rather upset and doing long distance worrying. I told my sister last Friday and she is worrying but strong. Going to tell 88yr old worrier mum on Saturday - my sister is coming up to help. I do not think there is a good time to tell anyone but you need to be positive and almost dtrong for them. I think others worry more because they are not going through it all. Depending on which op you have it will be difficult to hide so I have opted to tell, you might need radiotherapy or chmo afterwards.
Good luck with it all. I find that laughing at the inconvenience and messing about helps.