Hi Dawn, I do not think there is a right or wrong answer to your question, I think it depends on your prognosis stage, the circumstances and type of relationship. I am married so I did not have the million dollar question of when to say to a prospective future partner and of course if there are immediate courses of ongoing treatment, side effects, fertility issues and fatigue involved it gets a real problem. I personally told close family immediately and I think they would have sensed something was wrong and personally I believe people’s imaginations and fears are worse than knowing the truth. I was lucky my son was 30 yrs old and lived locally. What I do regret is that I told him on the phone and not in person. With younger children personally I believe they sense something is different or wrong from a very young age and I believe they should be told in terms appropriate to their age and that it an open subject that the family can talk about and they are encouraged to ask questions and say how they feel. As for work I think if it important that they know if it impinges on your ability to continue working. I am so glad Bloodwise has a factsheet on their website now that can be downloaded and be given to employers as I could not explain something I could not understand myself. Also people’s perception tends to be that you get a condition, then you have treatment and everything goes back to ‘normal’. This is certainly often not true with blood cancers. In my case I have not had treatment so I have had to learn to manage my symptoms, mainly fatigue, and I wish I could have explained what was going on for me and any adjustments to my work pattern which would have meant I could have continued to work effectively. As for new friends I think it depends on the circumstances and a need to know basis. I now think 15 years down the line that it is rather nice to actually know people with whom I am just ‘Me’ and not ’ Me with leukaemia’. If you are a fundraiser perhaps you need more people to know !!