Break the news to others.

By Jennifer King Lindley
June 08, 2018

Sharing your illness with friends, family, and acquaintances can be as difficult as getting the news yourself in the first place. “Make sure that you have a correct diagnosis before you tell people,” cautions Steven Petrow, a 32-year cancer survivor and the former Medical Manners columnist for, who experienced misdiagnosis himself. “Then take a deep breath, because telling other people makes it real.”

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