If you are the wife or partner of a prostate cancer patient or survivor, which of these rights apply to you? What other rights would you add in your specific case that you can share with us?
If you are a prostate cancer patient or survivor, let us know whether you agree or disagree with any of the items in this list, and if not - why?
I hope you’ll respond to these questions in the space for comments I’ve provided after this list:
• Cry as often as you need to but look for humor every day.
• Worry all you want but know that it won’t change a thing.
• You can be a tower of strength and still fall apart.
• You don’t always have to know the right thing to say.
• Accept that you will never be the perfect wife/partner.
• Forgive yourself for making mistakes.
• On days when you have nothing to give, know that it will be enough.
• Take care of yourself and don’t feel guilty about it.
• Give yourself permission to forget about prostate cancer for a day.
• Hate the disease but always love the man.
• Grieve what you’ve lost and celebrate what you’ve got left.
• Let go of the illusion that you can handle this alone.
• When the burden is too heavy, give it to God.