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Being open

Sun, July 23, 2017 8:19 AM

Hi all :)

I am 20 years old, and finishing my second year of college

I am newly diagnosed (about 3 months) and i keep running into the question - when to tell people if at all.. This goes to dates, friends and family (cousins.. Immediate family knows and we are very open about it)

I wanted to know what the rest of you do? Is it something eveyone knows about you or only the ones closest to you?

Joined Apr 20, 2017

Fri, August 11, 2017 3:13 PM

Reply posted for PTgal.

I would say be fairly open, but perhaps spare the goriest details.  Certainly, I would explain the illness is why you are tired all the time, or why you don't want to go to some social event.  I was always open with my kids,and they sometimes told me TMI.

FPO charbs
Joined Oct 31, 2016

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