Talking About Your Diagnosis

Talking about a cancer diagnosis with your friends and loved ones can be hard, but remember: they want to help you get through this difficult time.

Below are a few tips to help you feel more comfortable speaking about chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

  • Think about how much you want to share. You may want to explain what kind of cancer you have, which treatments you might need, and what your outlook is.
  • Explain how CLL is different from other cancers and that it may not require immediate treatment – use the many resources that are available to help.
  • Make a list of things you may need support with – loved ones often look for ways to help, but may not know how. Here are some ideas to share with someone looking to help.
  • If you choose to tell your employer about your diagnosis, he or she does not need to know specific details – only how it will impact your ability to perform your job. In many cases, employers are supportive and can help to make adjustments for you if needed.