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How do I explain this to my family?

My health has been on a downhill slide for about three years. I need to enlist more help from my adult children with household and outdoor work. I was very ill about three years ago from Shigella ( think E. Colli on steroids) and very dependent upon them for several months as I recuperated. I eventually improved and now I am ill again! I am an RN so I am used to providing care not asking for it. This makes it very difficult for me. My physician now suspects lupus and we are now doing advanced testing. Any suggestions you would like to share for having this difficult conversation would be helpful!

  1. I'm sorry you have gone through such difficult issues. It's never easy to discuss health issues with your family and friends. I felt the same way when I was first diagnosed and had to really educate myself first and then have a family meeting to inform my family what was really going on.


    I have also written letters. In that letter I explain how fearful I am divulging this information that will dramatically change all of our lives. It's definitely a hard conversation to have. You may also need to have them speak to the doctor to get a better understanding.


    I hope it works out for you. Thanks for your question.

    ~Racquel~ Lupus.net Team

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