Sharing Your Genetic Test Results With Family
Though genetic testing is highly personal, it may be important to you or your family to share what you’ve learned from your results. Communicating such important and sensitive information can be stressful, but it can also offer you relief by sharing your burden. If you tested positive, telling family members who may also carry the mutation can be empowering.
If you’re in an intimate relationship, you likely share many of the experiences of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and genetic testing with your partner. Be sensitive to your partner’s concerns while you share your own. Invite your partner to appointments with you to take notes, support you and learn along the way.
If your partner feels overwhelmed or anxious, he or she may wish to seek individual emotional support , whether through private therapy, your religious community or elsewhere.