Talking to friends and family
Discussing the possibility of prostate cancer with loved ones can feel uncomfortable. However, these conversations can make all the difference when it comes to day-to-day management of the condition and planning for the future.
What should I include in my Manversation?
Everyone responds to different approaches: for example, some people prefer a direct, to-the-point approach, while others take a bit longer to process. Whatever manner you use to broach the subject, the main aim of the Manversation should be to tell them about your prostate health. Often people think of conditions like prostate cancer as far-away scenarios that wouldn’t apply to them, so opening up the floor to the Manversation could make all the difference.
Tips for the Manversation:
- Keep the mood light, have it in a casual setting where everyone feels comfortable
- Try using humour like a ‘dad joke’ to diffuse the seriousness of the topic
- Try writing down what you’d like to say first
- Be honest about your concerns
- If your loved one becomes upset, they might need time. Don’t blame yourself or give up
- Keep trying if the Manversation doesn’t lead to action straight away