Hi Jon Like you my partner also has ovarian cancer, diagnosed in 2013 at which time it had already spread to her omentum. Like your wife my partner is also amazing, resilient and I am constantly in awe of her positivity. Although we don't have children I completely understand where you are at, it completely floors me at times too, yes mostly when I get back home form the hospital and am faced with an empty house. Lately I have using the Smiling Mind app, and breathing exercises to just settle myself when the anxiety gets too much. We have been lucky, if you can call it that, we have always had a surgical options but she is again in hospital post surgery for a bowel obstruction and we have now been told that there are no futrther surgical options for her. Its so hard to stay strong at times, but don't be so hard on yourself, you are obviously doing a great job. My partner and I have resolved to deal with it together even if that means ocassionally falling apart in front of each other, sometimes you just need to do that, and it's not about pity, it's just part of the shitty rollercoaster ride. My partner tells me she thinks its much harder for me as the person who will be left behind, so you need support too. I know it sounds cliche but sometimes it really is just about coping one day at a time (sometimes minute by minute), taking the wins where you can get them, having fun and enjoying the time you spend with your wife and son. you have probably seen these but if not it has some advice: https://www.cancer.org.au/assets/pdf/talking-to-kids-about-cancer-a-guide-for-people-with-cancer-their-families-and-friends https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-information/for-family-and-friends/talking-to-kids-about-cancer/#Whenyoucanttalkaboutcancer
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