This blog is something I've debated about for some time now. I like to write and blog, but somehow up until now, breast cancer is a topic I've blogged about only sparingly and cautiously. That's possibly because I don't want readers of my primary blogs to feel uncomfortable hearing about someone, me, dealing with a spouse's breast cancer. Frankly, it's more about fear on my part. Fear of how much I want to share, and deal with openly within myself.
When you have a spouse battling any serious disease, it's bound to impact you, their spouse, and breast cancer's no different. Whether it's an undiagnosed lump, stage 1 or stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, you the husband are fully a part of the equation too.
My wonderful and loving wife of 26 years, Mary Ellen, has breast cancer. Like any serious medical condition, it's not something you plan for or would even wish on the worst person in the world. But like so many other forms of cancer, breast cancer happens and you don't have control over if and when it does.
And that's what we are going to talk about here. Breast cancer and husbands. How it impacts us, the husband, lover, caregiver and friend of a spouse with breast cancer. How we travel the journey of diagnosis, treatment, care, recovery, faith, and, most importantly, the love we have for our wives during something we all wish we didn't have to go through.
We'll talk about relevant news and research in breast cancer treatment. We'll talk about faith, how it helps and the blows that might shake our faith. I'll share my thoughts and experiences, with Mary Ellen's approval of course, as I travel the journey with her to what we together someday pray and hope is a cancer-free life again. However long or short, difficult or smooth the road my wife and I travel, know that we travel it together with a lot of love for each other.
I hope you will share your experiences, information, questions, and learnings too.