What was it like for you, telling people about your breast cancer diagnosis? Was it harder doing it face to face or from a distance via phone or e-mail? Did you feel like you were comforting those that you told rather than the other way around? Was it harder for you to tell colleagues or family? Men or Women? It’s different for everyone but apparently it’s also very much the same.
There is new research presented just today that looks at the emotional challenges of disclosing a breast cancer diagnosis. Presented today to the American Sociological Association the study is titled Breast Cancer Confessions: The Emotional Work of Disclosing a Diagnosis
“Women diagnosed with breast cancer face an uphill emotional battle,” said Grace J. Yoo, a sociologist at San Francisco State University and the study’s primary investigator. “At a time when they are forced to deal with their own vulnerabilities, women with breast cancer must also navigate the vulnerabilities of loved ones as they react to the news.”
To obtain a copy of Yoo’s paper; for more information on other ASA presentations; or for assistance reaching the study authors, contact Jackie Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 247-9871.