Finding out you have cancer is life-changing, and can often put a dent in relationships... primarily with your significant other. The extra amount of stress can cause tension and lead to challenges within your relationship.
However, according to a study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, couples who deal with the illness as a team, rather than individually, experience greater intimacy.
Sorting through the negative yet highly important responsibilities, like writing up a new will, doesn't need to be the only communication throughout your illness. Talking about distractions or learning to keep a sense of humor can help couples pull through the difficult challenges together.
Licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Katherine Puckett, PhD, discusses how cancer can affect your relationship and shares tips to stay strong together throughout the overwhelming process.