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.

    • Phylte
    • Experience with Primary Central Nervous...
    10 months ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Both family members and some friends chose to terminate contact with me because of my poor prognosis. This was devastating.

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    • Patriot
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    I lost many friends due to this journey I am on, I have also lost family members who do not understand my life. Living with cancer i...

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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    I lose friends in my Mets support group

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  2. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Ex Fiancee said she wanted to get back together before my surgery...she came to see me several times in the hospital, but broke it o...

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    • Ellen5121
    • Experience with Pancreatic Cancer
    about 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    I am the caregiver to my dad who has Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer and is on hospice and am feeling a loss of our previously close rela...

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  3. about 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    Brother passed from cancer, I wrote a book of poetry and placed his name on title, 63 poems honoring his age at death. "For Eddie: C...

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    • ren
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Esophagus ...
    about 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    i have never been married.have no children.

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    • cancerguy
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    best friend left 2 weeks after stage 4 diagnosis

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    • cancerguy
    • Experience with Skin Cancer - Melanoma
    over 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    fiance left 2 weeks after diagnosis of stage 4

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  4. over 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    My boyfriend of 4 years broke up with me while I was waiting for biopsy results. We had been having issues for a while.

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    • dissie
    • Experience with Triple-Negative Breast ...
    over 2 years ago
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    Relationship

    Loss

    friends back away

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  5. over 2 years ago
    Ivonnetha's Avatar

    Relationship

    Loss

    My partner of 3 and half years left me after my Diagnosis

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