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Breast Cancer Recurrence

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  • Try as much as you can to keep your relationship as it was before you were diagnosed.
  • Talk things over. This may be hard for you or your spouse or partner. If so, ask a counselor or social worker to talk with both of you together.
  • Be realistic about demands. Your spouse or partner may feel guilty about your illness or about any time spent away from you. He or she also may be under stress due to changing family roles.
  • Spend some time apart. Your spouse or partner needs time to address his or her own needs. If these needs are neglected, your loved one may have less energy and support to give. Keep in mind that you didn't spend 24 hours a day together before you got sick.
  • Body changes and emotional concerns may affect your sex life. Talking openly and honestly is key. If you can't talk about these issues, consider talking with a professional. Don't be afraid to seek help or advice if you need it.

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