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HOW TO BY CARRIE SCHEDLER Don't bear the burden of an illness alone. HOW TO When you've received difficult health news, you need support. Here's how to tell your loved ones 40 W IN TER 2016 Take a deep breath. Your demeanor when you break the news will have a huge impact on how people take it, Kelleher says, so finding as much calm as you can before you begin the conversation will help. "If you present it as a crisis, people will feed off your fear," she says. Even if the news is indeed crisis level, you can breed a more supportive PHOTO BY IMAGE SOURCE/GETTY IMAGES SHARE A DIAGNOSIS Getting an upsetting diagnosis from the doctor is hard enough. But you can't bear the news alone. Eventually, you'll have to share with loved ones that you're going to be facing a tough time. Going into the conversation with a supportive mentality can make a world of difference, says Mary Kelleher, a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in dealing with chronic illnesses. "You have to make it clear that what you're going through, you're going to face it as a team," Kelleher says. Here are her tips for talking your family through difficult news.

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