Breaking the News about Your Diagnosis
1 When I was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly a year ago， I found myself at a loss for words at first. Over time， however， I developed some pointers （点子）， which I hope will help others.
2 During the first few weeks of emotional “aftershocks” （余悸） from the diagnosis， I found myself unable to utter the word “cancer”。 Still， I wanted to share the news with my relatives and friends who already knew that I‘d had a biopsy （活检） and were anxiously awaiting my telephone call. I did the best I could， which is all anyone can do in this situation. When I called them， I said， “What we feared has happened.” They immediately knew what I meant.
3 Nearly a year after my diagnosis， I find myself more comfortable telling people “I was diagnosed with cancer” instead of saying “I have cancer.” On some deep level， I don‘t want to “own” this illness. Choose language that suits you when you share your new. And keep in mind that there is no one “right” way of doing this.
4 Most people， after hearing your announcement， will be curious about the next step. They may wonder if you will be undergoing radiation therapy （诊疗） and/or chemotherapy （化疗）。 They may wonder where and when you will have surgery. Answer their questions as best you can， but keep in mind that “I don‘t know right now” or “I’m still in too much shock to think about that” are good answers.
5 Wait until the initial wave of strong emotions has passed before telling the children in your life. Don‘t overwhelm （使不知所措） very young children with too much information. Assure them that， even if you will be in the hospital for a while， they will see you every day and they will be cared for. Older children may already fear the word “cancer”， so be prepared to reassure them. Emphasize the positive steps that doctors will be taking to treat your illness.
1 Paragraph 2 _____。
2 Paragraph 3 _____。
3 Paragraph 4 _____。
4 Paragraph 5 _____。
A Break the news as calmly as possible to children
B Break the news at your own pace
C Share the good news with your friends
D Choose language that suits you
E Follow your doctor‘s advice
F Be prepared for people‘s curiosity
5 You can break the news about your diagnosis without saying _____。
6 When breaking the news about your diagnosis， you can have_____。
7 After hearing about your diagnosis， people will ask questions _____。
8 Very young children won‘t feel comfortable _____。
A your own choice of words
B the word “cancer”
C the positive steps
D about the next step
E on too many answers
F with too much information
答案：1. B 2. D 3. F 4. A 5. B 6. A 7. D 8. F