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Your relationship with adult children may change following a metastatic breast cancer (MBC) diagnosis. Often times, adult children start to take on responsibility for support in care, including providing emotional guidance, transportation and communication with doctor. They may also start to play a bigger role in managing relationships with family and friends.

Be honest.

Although you do not want to worry them, it is important to share hard facts of your diagnosis with your adult children. Sharing information with adult children allows them to understand your situation and provide support.

Discuss ways your adult children may be able to help you.

Adult children can provide a strong support system. Don’t be afraid to turn to them for help, and be specific about the role you need them to play.

Be open about your treatment and life goals.

While your adult children may be by your side to help evaluate options and make decisions, you are in charge of your treatment. Be sure to clearly convey your goals so they can effectively help you and manage their own expectations.

Be understanding of their circumstances and other life priorities.

Whether it be a job, home or family of their own, your children are likely balancing a number of priorities in life. Work together to build a schedule that works for both of you.

Share your feelings.

Open up to your children – not just about love, but also anxiety, sadness and the changing dynamic of your relationship with them and others.

Additional Resources

Check out these external resources for more information on helping family and friends understand your experience with MBC: