Telling your friends and family about DMD can be daunting, but it is a vital part of the coping process. Once people close to you know, they can serve as strong pillars of support.
While there is no right or wrong way to break the news, taking these five steps may help make it a little easier:
While it is entirely up to you who you tell – or do not tell – it is usually a good idea to be open with your loved ones about DMD.
Both adults and children deal with a situation better if they feel they understand it. A good rule of thumb is to start by telling people what you feel they will be able to comprehend.
Download our age-appropriate books to help children learn about DMD. It is important to:
– Stress that DMD is nobody’s fault
– Reassure your loved ones that nothing anyone did or did not do could have caused DMD
– Explain that DMD is a disease that people are born with
Explain how DMD affects your child’s everyday life. Review things like physical challenges, emotional reactions and medical treatments.
Try to create an environment where people feel safe asking questions and sharing feelings. This is particularly important for children, as questions enable you to correct misunderstandings and help them express feelings.
You will probably find that different people react to the DMD diagnosis in different ways. Some may want lots of information while others will not want to hear about the ‘medical’ side of DMD. Some may find it difficult to discuss feelings while others may not be able to stop. Some may want to surround themselves with people while others may wish to be alone.
Communicate what feels right for you and/or your loved one and listen to what others tell you works for them.
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Date of preparation: September 2022
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