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5/30/2011How do you tell your family you have breast cancer?
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5/30/2011Most will tell their family after they have seen an oncologist (commonly a surgical oncologist first) and have a specific treatment plan lined up. This way you can tell your family that you have breast cancer and already are preparing to take action against it. then tell them the treatment you are anticipating first. let them know that you will do what it takes to be cancer free it at all possible. if the doctor said it was early diagnosis then tell them that. it's natural for family members to feel alarmed and worried. this is your opportunity to show your family, especially children, that you do well under pressure and are setting an example for them in the future years if they ever have a crisis of this magnitude. (we hope you do well and that it is early stage too. if you want to come our way call 443-287-2778.

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