Talking about your breast cancer diagnosis with colleagues can be difficult, and you may wonder if and when you should have the conversation.
Sharing your diagnosis with your colleagues will allow them the opportunity to support you.
Some people prefer not to tell colleagues about their diagnosis and find this helps them retain some normality in their lives.
Others choose to tell colleagues they are closest to first and have those colleagues help them plan how to tell others.
Don’t feel pressured to discuss it if you don’t feel comfortable – only you know what works best for you and your situation.
My colleagues were amazing. They were genuinely interested, but respectful. They allowed me to hide in my office during the days that I felt really unwell. They asked me how I was and listened when I told them.
If you choose to, there may be benefits of speaking about your diagnosis in the workplace.
Listen to BCNA’s podcast Work after breast cancer: Tackling the difficult conversations.
For information about discrimination because of a cancer diagnosis contact the Australian Human Rights Commission - 1300 656 419.
Visit My Journey, BCNA’s online tool for information tailored to your diagnosis.
Join our Online Network if you think that talking to others online and sharing experiences will help.
Contact BCNA’s Helpline on 1800 500 258 between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm AEST Monday to Friday, for information about the services and support that may be available for you and your family.
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