Common for husband's health to deteriorate?

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Question from Website Question: Since I was diagnosed in July 2002, my husband's health has deteriorated due to stress. I'm getting stronger and healthier each day, and he seems to be falling apart at the seams. Is this common, and what can I do to help him?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. I think he needs to be encouraged to seek medical help for all of his difficulties, and he may also need some sort of counseling and/or support.
Marc Silver Sometimes a change of scene can be helpful. Try a weekend trip or vacation that gives you some relief from the constant reminders of cancer. And if your husband has hobbies that he's stopped doing, encourage him to take them up again. He needs to focus some attention on himself.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Family and Loved Ones featured Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W., author Marc Silver, and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the issues surrounding family members and caregivers living with and caring for women affected by breast cancer.

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