Depending on your culture, personal experiences, and the gravity of the situation, telling people you love about your myeloma diagnosis can be difficult. You are mindful of your children, family, and friends' feelings, and know that by sharing this monumental piece of news, you will be entering a new phase of life that you will never come back from.
There is no "one right way" to tell your loved ones that you have myeloma, but hopefully hearing others' experiences can give you ideas on how to tackle this heavy subject with family and other loved ones, as well as provide some validation to your journey that this is an emotional, mental step that needs to be taken as a part of your myeloma journey.
Tad Chance and Maci O'Grady joined the Newly Diagnosed Myeloma Patients Chapter on March 30th, 2022 to share their experience of processing Tad's diagnosis and then sharing that diagnosis in their own time with people they loved. Feel free to watch the 25-minute video below or read some of the takeaways that we got from their presentation.
A big thanks to Tad Chance and Maci O'Grady for their genuine experiences and advice. You can connect with them through the Myeloma Coach program. Request them to be your coach on HealthTree Coach for Myeloma (Myeloma Coach) today!
about the author
Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.