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Ways to Communicate with Extended Family and Friends

Hi, I'm Dennis Keely

I was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma a few weeks ago, so this is all very new to me. My direct family has been trying to decide the “best” way to communicate with extended family and friends, particularly how to keep them apprised of status updates in my conditions and my treatments.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Dennis Keely

  • Post #1
  • Tue Oct 20, 2020
Hi, I'm Betti

When I was diagnosed I told most of my family and friends about it either by phone or letter. Those I only had contact with at Christmas time I composed a letter that I sent in their Christmas cards to tell them about the year I had experienced (my diagnosis came in January).
I still on occasion discuss it with others even strangers as it was a year I’ll never forget.

  • Post #2
  • Wed Oct 21, 2020
I'm dorcas smith, and I'm a healthcare professional

Hello,
I’m the Community Assistant for Navigating Care. Thank you for joining our Community and engaging in some of our discussions. I have to inform you that your recent post in the “Ways to Communicate with Extended Family and Friends” discussion needed to be edited.
In Navigating Care’s Community we encourage everyone to share their stories and experiences.
I hope you understand and I encourage you to continue to share and engage with others in the Community.
Regards,
Community Assistant

  • Post #3
  • Thu Oct 22, 2020
I'm Florahwilliams, and I support someone with cancer

Hello,
I’m the Community Assistant for Navigating Care. Thank you for joining our Community and engaging in some of our discussions. I have to inform you that your recent post in the “Ways to Communicate with Extended Family and Friends” discussion needed to be edited.
In Navigating Care’s Community we encourage everyone to share their stories and experiences.
I hope you understand and I encourage you to continue to share and engage with others in the Community.
Regards,
Community Assistant

  • Post #4
  • Thu Oct 22, 2020
Hi, I'm Marsha

Hi Dennis. I, too, was just diagnosed two weeks ago with non-small cell lung cancer. The most difficult thing for me, so far, is acknowledging to myself that I have cancer. (BTW, my name is Marsha and I live in Coconut Creek, Florida.) So far this past week I phoned my small family (daughter, son-in-law, 3 adult grandkids in New Jersey; first cousin in Dallas, TX; close friends in New York and New Jersey; as well as my local friends and neighbors here in Florida.) I promised to keep them all apprised of my progress and condition as time progresses. My biggest fear is of the unknown as far as treatment and effects. Unfortunately, surgery is not an option for me because of the tumor placement.. I welcome any and all advice from “veterans” who can clue me in

  • Post #5
  • Fri Feb 19, 2021

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