Difficulties in talking

Many serious illnesses can now be cured, and treatments have become easier to cope with. However, the moment you are told you have a serious illness is almost always a time of deep emotional crisis and distress. In fact, most people say that they have never faced a bigger and more frightening challenge in their life.

It is very important to realise that there is no single ‘correct’ way to cope with a serious illness. This section can give you some general guidelines that you may find helpful. But how you talk to people about your illness will depend very much on your own personality and how you usually talk to the people around you.

Talking about your illness can help you to feel closer to the people who matter to you and can help you to cope with the difficulties that an illness can cause.

Don’t be worried if the examples or illustrations used do not fit in with your own style – you can adapt them to suit yourself.

Condition-specific information

Further information on conditions that may be affecting you or those around you:

Support Groups

Visit the NHS inform Support Services Directory to search for local organisations that may help with the issues you are facing:

Last updated: 19 February 2015

This content was supplied by Macmillan Cancer Support.