Experiences with Relationship

It is often hard to maintain healthy relationships when you have cancer; there are an endless amount of stressors put on your relationships. Sometimes the hardest relationship to maintain is the relationship with your significant other. An explanation for this is that a lot of the stress falls onto the person you are closest to. A lot of couples experience intimacy issues due to physical or psychological reasons. Loss of a relationship during cancer is undoubtedly one of the biggest emotional losses. It is difficult to cope with this loss; this is a situation where grieving is necessary. It is okay to grieve the past relationship; however, it is important to find perspective and realize that those that love you are the ones that stick by your side.

One of the main causes of losing a relationship is shifting identities or a change in personality of the patient. Cancer and chemotherapy can cause poor self-image due to changes in appearance, low libido due to treatment or low self-esteem, and mood swings and depression due to fatigue and the overall coping with cancer. Some WhatNexter’s are very aware of the changes in their relationship and wonder how they can cope. Other WhatNexter’s can feel communication gaps in their relationship or find it hard to get back to a normal routine when cancer treatment is over. Caregivers experience a lot of the stress that is put on their relationships especially when their loved ones feel low or depressed. Other WhatNexter’s are ready to begin a new relationship but do not know how. When having relationship issues or experiencing the loss of relationship, it is important to weigh your options. If the relationship is causing more emotional stress during treatment, then that relationship may not be healthy. For more information on relationships between significant others or caregivers and patients, search WhatNext for firsthand insights.

    • Yew
    • Experience with Clear Cell, Ovarian or Fal...
    over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    A by-product of my cancer journey was the breakdown of my relationship with my new husband. I have learned that major illness change...

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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Fiance' left me for another women shortly after my diagnosis. I was left to raise 4 children alone with no financial support from hi...

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    • Mamaguerra
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopi...
    over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    I felt like I became a burden to my spouse I am confused but at peace does that make sense

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    • Fancee
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma...
    over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    My children have become critical of everything I do, my adult daughter has disappeared entirely from my life. Haven't spoke to her i...

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    • Cedar
    • Experience with Mucinous, Ovarian or Fal...
    almost 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    minimal hair loss.mostly body hair.

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    • Bonkers
    • Experience with Head & Neck/Throat Cancer
    almost 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    After almost 5years of recovering and just starting to get back on my feet my wife decided to move out. We had been together for alm...

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  2. almost 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    My husband just died 6 months ago

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    • Feroza
    • Experience with Multiple Myeloma
    almost 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    family broken up....daughter thinks I am a burden on them

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  3. about 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    After bilateral mastectomy my 23 year relationship ended. Unable to have reconstruction

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  4. about 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Alot of my family and friends disappeared and still are out of my life. Very painful

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    • RNSusan
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Never would have thought that 2 years after treatment and surgeries are over and done, that my marriage would end in divorce. appare...

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    • Carey
    • Experience with Inflammatory Breast Cancer
    over 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Nobody really understands what you're going through unless it's somebody else that's going through the same thing so I've had to rea...

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