My wife has terminal cancer. While there’s a place for broadcasters airing their personal stories, their impact can be devastating

We live in the age of the confessional. In the not too distant past, private and intimate thoughts remained just that – and if we felt we needed to talk, a frank discussion with friends and loved ones often did the trick. But especially when it comes to cancer, this reticence now seems to be dissipating. Social media has turned the private into public and for many, that’s a very good thing. But for my family – and I suspect for others too – it can be difficult, upsetting and sometimes downright damaging.

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