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Living Well With Melanoma > Talking With Others
Talking with people about melanoma can be difficult. It’s an emotional topic, and you don’t know how they might respond.1 The key is to remind yourself that you’re in control. You decide who you talk with, when you talk with them, and what you talk about.
Here are some things to think about when you’re preparing to talk with others about your diagnosis and treatment:
Most people you talk with will want to ask how they can help you. Think about what each person can offer and be ready to tell them how they can help.
If you have children or grandchildren, you may wonder how you can talk with them about melanoma and its treatment. In general, it’s better to be honest and explain it in a way they can understand. Age is an important factor when deciding what to share.
It can be helpful to talk with your employer and coworkers about your diagnosis and treatment. However, you may want to consider your work environment and culture. Has anyone else had cancer or another serious illness? How was it handled? Make sure you understand your rights as an employee. Many people with cancer fear discrimination in the workplace.
Decide who you want to tell and how much information you want to disclose. If you do choose to tell your coworkers, it may be important to set expectations about your role on the team and other changes that may occur.