Let Them Know What You Need

Plan Your Communication

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3. Plan Your Communication

Planning your communication can be broken into two smaller categories of what to say and when to say it. Speaking to loved ones about your cancer will not be a pleasurable experience, but that does not mean that you should put it off for an undetermined amount of time.

Instead, set deadlines for different loved ones. Consider which ones you can speak to in groups and which ones need individualized attention. Lump together people you think may have similar reactions to the news or ones that you think will help the others understand the message you are hoping to express.

Planning what to say can be a trying process that does not have to be identical throughout your relationships. Some people will need more information while others will benefit from less. Spending some time considering what is best for others and best for you will aid in the continued strength of these relationships.

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