Communicating with Your Partner

Good, open, and honest communication between you and your partner is essential for handling emotional distress during and after your lymphoma experience. Remember, your partner is there to give support, offer advice and encouragement, help you handle stressful situations, aid in decision making, and help plan for your family’s future.

Be sure to always find time to discuss:

  • Both emotional and physical challenges that you face in adjusting to the lymphoma experience.
  • How to maintain the quality of your relationship.
  • The changing roles and responsibilities in the relationship and ways to solve problems associated with this shift in roles and responsibilities.
  • Decisions about healthcare and financial matters.
  • How to communicate with your children about lymphoma.

Communication is vital for any relationship, especially one where cancer, such as lymphoma, is involved. If you and your partner are experiencing difficulty communicating, you may wish to seek help.

References:

LIVESTRONG Foundation. Communicating With Your Partner
Accessed June 9, 2014