Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Talking about Serious Illness

As we age, we have not only our parents’ illnesses to worry about. We also have our own. Let’s face it. The older we get, the more likely one spouse or the other will develop a serious illness. How will you talk about it? How will you handle it?

Rosemary Lichtman has written an excellent article called Boomer Couples - Deepening Your Conversations About Serious Illness in which she offers seven reasons why it may be hard to talk about a negative diagnosis.

Obviously, the better your communication before the diagnosis, the better it will be after. So start now learning how to talk about the hard things, support one another, and learn what makes your spouse tick.

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