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How much information do my family and friends need?

How much information you give your family or friends depends also on how ready you are to give out information as well as how much they want or are capable of processing at the time.

Some family or friends may want to know everything while others may not. Some may understand that you have a serious, potentially life-long condition even though you look fine and want to be there for you when you need them.

What is important is that you talk with them, find out what they are going through as well so they can be there to support you.

What are some things I could consider saying about my diagnosis?

Describing where the pituitary gland is and what it normally does can be an important piece of information that helps your family or friends understand the seriousness of your condition.

Pass on factual information that your healthcare team gives to you so your family and friends can learn about the condition with you. Although the pituitary gland is close to the brain it is not part of the brain, so make that clear as it is worrying for anyone to hear the words ‘brain’ and ‘tumor’ in the same sentence.

Let them know that acromegaly is treatable and the options that you have to consider. Discuss the possible long-term effects that your healthcare team has told you, or take your partner or close friend with you to your appointments to hear information first hand to put both your minds at ease.

Try not to shut people out. It is a natural coping mechanism to only give out the bare minimum of information, but the more you can share, the more you will have people there to support you.

What about talking to children?

If you have children then your instinct may be to try to protect them and only give them very general information about your health.

How much your children can understand of course depends on their age and also how much you know they can process. That said, do not underestimate how much your children may want to know or how much they have understood.

Even with the best information being given the thought of a parent being ill can be very traumatic for a young person.

Having another adult that knows about your condition, such as a friend or schoolteacher, may be helpful in case you are not available at the time to comfort them.

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