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Children: Why To Tell About Your Condition And How To Tell

Do I Have To Tell My Children By Myself?

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There is no right or wrong here -- just what you are most comfortable with and what you think will work best for your family. You can talk with your children alone, with one or more other individuals, or ask someone to have the initial conversation for you. Sometimes children will be more open in expressing concerns with the ill parent. At other times, children may feel protective of the ill parent and may be more open with others.

When thinking about who could tell with you, or instead of you, consider the following people:

  • Your doctor or nurse
  • Your spouse or partner
  • Grandparents, a favorite aunt or uncle, or other family member
  • Close friends
  • A spiritual advisor
  • A social worker
  • A family therapist or counselor

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