If you found that you had only 6 months to live, but wouldn’t look ill until near the end, how long would you wait to tell family? Friends? Acquaintances?
This feels like a spin-off of last week’s question…
I think, in this situation, I’d tell my closest family and friends right away. Because I’d want their support, even if I planned to continue trying to live life as normal for as long as I could. I think I’d keep my illness from most coworkers, maybe only informing my supervisors, if only so they could begin the hiring process for my eventual replacement.
I’d probably write a blog post about it, but leave instructions for a friend to post it once I’m gone. I imagine my passing would be the kind of thing that people on social media would discover as a surprise after the fact. I actually faced that kind of discovery last year when I found out that an old friend from high school had passed away. I had no idea that he had even been ill.
But what would you do? Would you want people to know about your terminal illness? Or would you play things close to the chest for as long as possible? Let me know what you think down in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.