Cancer affects our lives significantly. Life doesn’t stop, it moves quickly, and families can easily face a daunting set of new challenges. For spousal caregivers, it’s essential to understand that we can adapt to turmoil and forge ahead.
As an in-patient oncology nurse, I’ve worked with countless patients and their families as they dealt with gastro related cancers. It’s the unknowns about plans, shifting of familial duties, and the logistics behind caring for a partner living with cancer that trouble my patients.
If this is what you’re facing, you will get through it. Learning what to expect will make it easier—- so you can focus on the critical things like supporting your family, taking care of yourself, and caring for your spouse.