Relating with Your Partner

 

Learn how open communication and teamwork helped J-P and Lise maintain a sense of normalcy and hope through lymphoma treatments and beyond.

Throughout the lymphoma experience, your spouse or partner has probably been a great source of support and encouragement. But remember, just as this experience was emotionally challenging for you, it may have been just as distressing for those close to you, particularly your spouse or partner. Your partner may have stood by you as you experienced physical changes and emotional downs such as feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, and frustrations.

On the other hand, we also recognize that your relationship with your partner may not have been smooth throughout this experience. Your partner may have been in denial and avoided the reality of the lymphoma experience. You may have had feelings of resentment for your partner or felt critical at times of their lack of support. Whatever your experience was, we understand that it may have been difficult for both of you. As you adjust to your new normal, give yourselves time. Recognize that you will continue to need extra support from your partner to cope with further emotional and physical changes.

Couples who care for one another and have honest communication often find that their relationship becomes stronger after life-altering experiences such as lymphoma.

Lymphoma treatment may have also impacted your physical and intimate relationship.

References:

National Cancer Institute. Facing Forward: When Someone You Love Has Completed Cancer Treatment. Talking with Your Family
Accessed June 9, 2014