Experiences with Relationship issues

Once you figure out how to tell your family and loved ones about your cancer diagnosis, then you have to figure out how to maintain normal relationships while coping with cancer. There are innumerable relationship issues that can come from having cancer. A lot of WhatNexter’s experience spouses becoming distant, shutting family out, having difficulty finding patience, and not knowing how to deal with the effects it has on their children. There are no set rules on how to deal with the stressors cancer can have on your relationships. WhatNexter’s draw from their personal experiences and make a few suggestions here.

For example, be direct with your spouse; communication will be one of your most helpful tools through your journey. If you feel you are shutting your family out because they don’t understand, then maybe you could seek other venues of empathy while still keeping your family close. The best way to find patience with your family is to be kind and include them; if you help them to understand then they will hopefully support you no matter what. When dealing with older children that do not seem very supportive, remember that sadly most kids are selfish; communication is also key here. Take them to chemotherapy treatments or doctor appointments so they can see the weight of the situation and step up to support you. For more insights on relationship issues when coping with cancer, read about other’s experiences below.

    • TKRash
    • Experience with Systemic Lupus Erythema...
    9 days ago
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    Relationship issues

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    Husband couldn't deal with it so he filed for divorce

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    • MM_NYC
    • Experience with Ovarian and Fallopian T...
    3 months ago
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    Relationship issues

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    It's been 6 months after my last treatment seemed my life back to normal, but it wasn't. My husband, I were having difficulty and d...

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    • lORIZZ
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    7 months ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    No support from family at all.

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    • Mayandi
    • Experience with Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    Now it's cancer on top of my his, no way my partner will stop cheating. I am a useless sick women who deserves to suffer with no one...

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    • Engela
    • Experience with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
    about 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    My son in law also has sickle cell. The doctor's are unsure how the chemotherapy will work.

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    • KimmieB
    • Experience with Brain and Spinal Cord ...
    about 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    We can't seem to quit having periodic spats; they're daily.

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  1. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

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    My long distance boyfriend/lover suddenly let me down, which was really hard for me since I believed we had a really good relationsh...

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  2. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

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    My fiancee accused me of lying to him. He had never heard of radiation for treatment of lumps or cysts. At that time, it was consi...

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  3. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    I had to fill in the blanks.

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  4. over 1 year ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    My partner started getting burned out from being the only person working and became too tired to help me.

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  5. almost 2 years ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    Brother in law become a brute. Has a tendency to try and bully me, does not appreciate that I stand my ground.

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  6. almost 2 years ago
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    Relationship issues

    Oh No

    My boyfriend of a year and I broke up just a few weeks before I started treatment. Going through a break up while dealing with some...

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