Remain in new relationship after diagnosis?

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Question from SamLA: My girlfriend was just diagnosed. We've only been together about 6 months and I'm not sure if I want to deal with this, or if I even fit into the picture anymore. What do I do?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. It's a very difficult question. You have to examine how you felt about this relationship before her diagnosis. What it means to you now. Did you think that this has a future? That will help you make a decision. You may want to give some thought to whether your girlfriend is depending upon you for assistance during treatment. An open and honest discussion is probably the only way to come to some conclusion. If this can no longer be a romantic relationship, you may want to think about whether it's possible for you to remain a friend and be helpful during this very difficult time.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Partners, Loved Ones, Caregivers: Taking Care of You featured Author Marc Silver and moderator Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. answering your questions about how you can take care of your loved one and yourself during and after breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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