My children are 9 and 10. Do I tell them there mother is sick? Would they even understand what is going on with me? But if I chose not to tell them, they would notice me being sick and unstable and wonder what is wrong with me if the medications made me that way.But on the other hand, I dont want them worrying about there Mom. I want them to enjoy being children. Any advice?
I had a similar question. see "telling teenage children you have Hep C.." I posted it today. It gets a little off topic in some responses, but overall, the people at this forum have given me invaluable advice, some I've already followed. Our 13 year old son thought Hep C was a fatal STD. I sat down with him and told him that only 3 percent of people get it thru sex. I know your kids are a little young for that, but maybe you can just say the truth: More than 1/3 of people have no idea how they got the disease. You can get it from a nail salon (something I learned today) or illegal drug use. Honesty, education and the direct approach appear optimal over anything else. Your kids are young but old enough to understand. You wouldn't hide cancer from them, would you? Hep C is a serious illness and you deserve all the love and support they will give you. lemme know how it goes,
Kids are resilient and very strong. I'll bet you'll be amazed at how supportive and strong they become. They will probably seek out more information themselves because they are naturally curious. Please don't hide it from them or try to cover it up with some other less serious illness. You will only lose their trust as they will eventually find out. Then again, if you are not systematic, or being treated, then there may be no reason to bring it up right now. good luck
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.