One Day at a Time

Posted on | December 15, 2013 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
My brother recently confided in me that he has a very serious and potentially fatal illness. Of course, I am devastated and I want to do whatever I can to help. He also doesn’t want anyone else in our family to know, especially our parents. They are both in their late 80s and my brother feels this news might be more than they can handle. I am distraught. I know why he is trying to keep this secret but I personally believe that my parents would prefer to know so that they can make the best of what might be their last days with their son. I believe that if he died without giving them this chance, that it would be more devastating than anything. Do I keep his secret or do what I believe is right?
Distraught Sibling

Dear DS:
Don’t get ahead of the story. And it is his story. Maybe it won’t be fatal and even if the disease takes that turn, there will likely be plenty of warning.  Support your brother by respecting his wishes.

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