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Telling your loved ones you have breast cancer

I have cancer. These are not easy words to say out loud — even to yourself — let alone to your loved ones. Just as the cancer journey is highly individual, women approach sharing their news differently. Some keep it very private, telling only their spouse. Others don’t even let their significant other in on the news until they have had a biopsy. Whatever works best for each of us.

However we approach it, according to a recent survey by Breast Cancer Canada, 87 percent of respondents felt unprepared when they or a loved one received their breast cancer diagnosis.

Here are some resources to help you navigate that difficult conversation.

Talking to your family about your diagnosis

Emotional stages after diagnosis

Ways you can support your partner through a cancer diagnosis

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