Aug 03, 2012 - 10:13 am
I've been too scared to write this for the past several years, but I came to terms with the fact that I need help. My husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 B-Cell Lymphoma 2 years ago. Both of his lungs collapsed and he was on life support for 3 days. He had to have his lungs drained, and was in ICU for 2 weeks. He ends up having his first chemo session in the hospital, and then a 3 week regimen of R-CHOP a total of 6 times. He's finally declared in remission in January 2011. Because he was so ill, he didn't work for three months and even when he returned, he worked part time for a bit.
Long story short, i'm burnt out, resentful and believe this may be the end of my marriage. Yesterday he told me that he wished he had cancer so he could die. I don't even know how that makes me feel anymore. Taking care of him was probably one of the most stressful situations I have gone through. He was on an oxygen machine, required daily trips to the pharmacy to get medication and I barely slept throughout all this time. To top it all off, I was in school full time and work full time. The stress made me lose my hair and over 20 lbs.
I feel like he's ungrateful for the second chance he's been given, and that he's spitting on me and all the effort I put into taking care of him. Also, although he's in remission, he doesn't help out around the house and quite honestly, causes me more work.
Does anyone feel like this? We were the best of friends earlier in our marriage, and he says that the only sunshine in his day is me, but sometimes I barely have enough strength to keep myself afloat. How can I possibly help him? I need some advice. Is it time to cut my losses and run so that we can remain friends?