“So, the doctor told me I have breast cancer. I just wanted to let you know. I’m doing fine right now, but I have some decisions to make regarding my treatment options. I’ll keep you posted.”
This may be a typical email sent to family and friends after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis. Sending emails seems more practical at this point. With so many friends and family to update, unless a general meeting is called at the local hotel conference room, they would have to repeat these words over and over again. It’s hard enough to say them once.
Here come the well meaning responses.
Argh. It's hard to believe, but people really do say incredibly thoughtless and painful things to their very dearest friends and family...when we don't know what to say. It's not just upon hearing about a diagnosis, sometimes it's about a miscarriage or infertility or just losing a job.
This post starts with some awful wrong things to say, and then share some positive solutions to replace them.