It may initially be difficult for you to talk about your heart failure until you come to terms with the condition yourself. It is important for you to understand that those close to you may also be experiencing similar reactions to you, such as fear and concern for your safety and well-being. They may need to share their thoughts and feelings with you. It is worth considering that any reluctance you may have to share what is happening to you may well affect the people around you.
Effective management of heart failure is often a group effort. Your family members can play a key role in supporting you to live as actively as possible with your heart failure. So, it is important for your own well being that you do not shut out family members from helping and supporting you at this time. Show that you appreciate their concern.
You may find the following suggestions helpful in talking with your family about your heart failure and involving them in ways that you feel comfortable: