Talking supporting and caring for a partner who has a cancer diagnosis, with guest Leah Barrow.

In this episode we talk to Leah Barrow. Leah’s partner Andrew was on a previous episode of our podcast titled, ‘Cancer and the Comeback with Andrew McAslan’ and we really wanted to get Leah’s take on what it’s like to be a partner of someone with a cancer diagnosis. Leah talks very openly and honestly about supporting Andrew though his cancer treatment, and how she had to find her own ways of coping and looking after her own mental health, all whilst being a caregiver to Andrew. She details the many struggles that a partner of someone with cancer is faced with, from career worries to feeling completely isolated, and the toolbox of coping mechanisms she has had to build in order to look after herself whilst supporting Andrew through his next phase of treatment.
Leah talks to MOVE’s Sophie Mulligan, who has had cancer herself and also had a partner support her through it. In this episode they discuss:

-Andrew’s previous treatment and very recently receiving news that the cancer had returned.
-The highs and lows that a couple goes through when one of them has cancer.
-How life changes for the partner, as well as the person with the diagnosis.
-How being a partner of someone with cancer can be lonely and isolating.
-Coping mechanisms and how looking after yourself means you can be a better version of you to support your partner through their treatment and beyond.
-How still doing things that you enjoy together and also communicating and being honest with each other can benefit the relationship.
-Advice and support for partners of someone with cancer.

This is the first episode we’ve done which features a partner as opposed to the person with cancer themselves and we guarantee that even if you are not affected by cancer directly, you will learn something from this episode and you will feel inspired by Leah’s strength, character and honesty. Cancer is a journey full of highs and lows and this episode will encourage you to embrace your emotions and use them to build a better version of yourself, in order to be a better person to support those around you.

Listen to ‘Cancer and the Comeback with Andrew McAslan’ HERE.
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Cancer and the Comeback

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