Posted by: AJtheIrishLass | May 31, 2019

Do’s and Don’t’s When a Loved One Gets a Difficult Diagnosis

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Being Helpful, Not Hurtful, With a Difficult Diagnosis

Regardless of whether it’s among the ranks of life-threatening conditions (cancer or heart disease) or something that is life-altering but not usually fatal (MS), finding out a family member or other loved one has gotten a difficult diagnosis brings out a sea of emotions. Even when the condition doesn’t result in death, there are a lot of things likely to change for them that require adjustment and being as big a help as possible makes a difference.

However, there are such things as being more of a hindrance than help or offering the wrong type of help. Here are some things that will be discussed in this series:

  • Don’t make assumptions because you don’t know what’s going on
  • Avoid information overload
  • Respect their right to choose
  • Never make assumptions about help needed

These, and possibly other issues, will appear in forthcoming posts, so please stay tuned for more 🙂


  1. […] can personally attest to how difficult it is to get a diagnosis you weren’t expecting. However, if you have a good idea of what some of the frustrations are that your loved one might be […]


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