Learning that your spouse has been diagnosed with cancer can be a very difficult thing for most people. It is unexpected news which takes you by shock and is a situation where you need to support your spouse rather than get carried away and lose control over your emotions. In such a tough situation, your support is all that your spouse can expect.
The following are the 5 ways that you can support your spouse with cancer.
1. Help him/her get past the Initial Shock
If your spouse has been diagnosed with cancer then feeling shock and sadness is natural, both for you and your spouse but getting out of this feeling and thinking on what your next step should be is very important. So in such a situation, help your spouse get over the shock by hugging him/her, spending time with him/her and telling him/her that everything is going to be fine.
2. Love your Spouse
More than any other time in life, this is the time when your partner needs your love and your patient ear. Ask your spouse to talk about his/her feelings and give him/her as much love and care as you can. Make him/her feel that you both are in this together and that he/she is not alone.
3. Inform your Friends and Family
If your spouse has been diagnosed with cancer, your entire family deserves to know about it. So start notifying your close friends and relatives about it. Making these phone calls is a tough thing to do but you have to be strong and inform them. Answer their questions and be honest with them.
4. Consider Treatment
To support your spouse, the best thing you can do is to discuss treatment with the doctor and take your decisions regarding which treatment to take. It is important for you to hear your spouse out about what he/she would like to do and also place your opinion for better understanding and direction.
5. Attend to your Finances and Job
Cancer treatment can be a very expensive affair. Your spouse most likely won’t be working once he/she is diagnosed and therefore it is very important for you to attend to your work and your finances. You can take offs once in a while but make sure you do not quite work completely. After all, it is about setting priorities right, even in the difficult situations of life.
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