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Posted by: Lillian | 2010/06/15

Sterile

My husband was recently diagnosed as sterile. As he had had severe injuries to that area, we were expecting bad news when we did the test.
The issue at this moment is how other people are reacting to the news. Most people say that we should not give up hope, miracles happen ect ect
How can I make these people understand that we actually accept the diagnosis? Most of these people are close friends and relatives

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People generally mean to be kind. But in many circumstances, they don't realize how unhelpful or even hurtful their kindly intended comments may be. Recognize the intended kindness ( and to some degree they may be reacting to how THEY think they might take such news ) rather than letting the comments upset you. It is admirable and helpful if you can accept the facts of life as they turn up, and such acceptance is usually more useful in the long-term than basing one's reactions on unlikely hopes for miracles. If miracles do happen, as they do ocasionally, of coruse they are generally easy enough to accept.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/06/15

People generally mean to be kind. But in many circumstances, they don't realize how unhelpful or even hurtful their kindly intended comments may be. Recognize the intended kindness ( and to some degree they may be reacting to how THEY think they might take such news ) rather than letting the comments upset you. It is admirable and helpful if you can accept the facts of life as they turn up, and such acceptance is usually more useful in the long-term than basing one's reactions on unlikely hopes for miracles. If miracles do happen, as they do ocasionally, of coruse they are generally easy enough to accept.

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