Explaining a disease or medical condition to a loved one, especially children, can be a challenging and daunting task. The good news is that you're not alone. Once you fully understand the disease, your next step should be preparing to inform family members. While your family is likely to support your loved one, it is still best to prepare before breaking any news that might raise worry or concern. CaraVita Village understands how difficult it may be, so we want to help you get through this difficult time.
Take a Breath
One of the essential factors that might not cross your mind during this time is you. While you and your loved one are breaking this news to your family, it is best that you are entirely comfortable with the setting and feel confident explaining the situation.
You don’t necessarily have to break the news right away to family and friends. It is imperative that you give your loved one time to think, process, and decide what the next steps should be in his or her own time.
Research and Preparation
If your loved one was diagnosed by a medical professional, they have likely discussed the reality of the condition as well as options you and your loved one have moving forward. Now comes the time to tell the news to your family and friends. To prepare for this, you should do some additional research about the disease your loved one was diagnosed with. In order to explain it to others, particularly children, it is important that you fully understand it yourself.
Your family will likely want to help and show support as much as possible, and every condition has a different method of handling. Some diseases will require specific changes in diet, while others will require complete shifts in your loved one’s lifestyle. Research the condition and figure out the best handling method. This way, when you deliver the news to your family and friends, you have prepared solutions and answers to their questions and concerns.
At this point, you hopefully have a clear understanding of the disease. When discussing with your family, you should remember to do it in a way that feels comfortable to you. Talking to children may be the most challenging part of this entire process. Explaining diseases to children can be especially tough depending on their age, as they may not fully comprehend the situation. Just take some time, be delicate, and above all else, be patient.
Explaining diseases to other members of your family can be challenging. After you break the news to your family members, you have decisions to make. If your loved one’s disease requires more attention and care that you believe you and your family can’t handle, it’s best to know your options.
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