Dear Carolyn: Ive recently gotten a bad diagnosis. My doctors and husband are taking great care of me, but I have not shared this news with my adult children or my elderly mom. It grieves me that I am going to cause emotional upheaval. The fear they will feel is the main thing I wish I could avoid. What do I say to my loved ones? I think Ill be OK in the long run; Im going to do everything I can to get well. Sharing Bad News
Answer: Im sorry about your news.
You know your familys emotional wiring and I dont, but, going just on what Ive experienced, I think the best approach is just to say what you know: You were diagnosed with X, your doctors and husband are being great, youre going to do everything you can to get well, you think youll be OK in the long run.