With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

- Eleanor Roosevelt

Talking About Your Cancer Diagnosis:

When talking about your cancer diagnosis it is important to remember that only you can decide who to tell and you should not fell pressured into telling anyone you don’t want to.

To help decide who you want to share it with you should make a list, this way you can think clearly and take your time thinking if these are the right people you want to tell.

Telling people who are close to you is the best thing you can do because they can give you advice on what to do going forward and can help and comfort you. It is good and healthy to let the people closest to you know how your feeling whether that is feeling anxious, sad or angry but if you are unable to I would recommend you try out a support group instead.

It can be hard to tell everyone and have to talk about your diagnosis a lot, so it could help that if you are telling all your work colleagues that you show them a helpful website or booklet so you don’t have to explain everything.

Asking and accepting help is something you can struggle with because you may be afraid to come to terms with your diagnosis. You need to remember that you can get through this and that there are people in your life who want to help you. If you are not comfortable with talking to someone close to you click this link to see a list of Cancer Support Centres in Ireland that would be more than happy to help you.