As a couple coping with early stage breast cancer, it is important that you face the stresses and challenges together. To support each other during this difficult time, you and your partner may benefit from enhancing your relationship and stress management skills. This couples-focused group program will help you and your partner become an effective coping "team". To strengthen your relationship, you and your partner will learn how to better support and communicate with one another using proven relationship-enhancing techniques. You will also learn to strengthen emotional intimacy by taking the time to discover each other's needs and engaging in "wish list" activities to bring you closer together. Relaxation techniques will help you and your partner manage stress so you are better able to deal with the challenges of cancer. The group format provides a supportive environment and gives you a chance to learn from other couples dealing with similar issues. This workbook is designed to be shared by you and your partner, as you work together as a team. It includes all the forms and information you will need during the six-week program.
Exercises will help you apply what you learned in group to coping with cancer and your life as a couple. By the end of the program you will have acquired many useful skills that will benefit you, your partner, and your relationship for a lifetime.