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Young Cancer Spouses
by Sandra Ray, Staff Writer
When roads diverge
Matt Herynk, Phd is a founding
director along with Karen and Greg. Matt’s wife
was interviewed several months prior to her passing on
October 6, 2007.
Kara noted that while Matt has spent
time researching cancer treatment on a professional
basis, they will have disagreements on how to proceed
with her treatment(s). It is one thing when both
spouses are uninformed about medical treatment.
Often, they can learn together, starting at the same
point (and sometimes still disagreeing).
While neither Matt nor Kara chose to
indicate a “clear winner” in the debates, they did make
it clear that both parties have something to offer.
In Matt’s case, it was especially true, because he was
able to translate the mish-mash of terminology and offer
concrete explanations. Kara had the advantage of
having an instant translator at her disposal.
The Young Cancer Spouses group tries
to offer that to couples, and Matt continues to break
down the jargon for members who need it.
The years ahead
This group provides a network to help
individuals who are age 20-39, approximately.
While they have limited the membership to just spouses
or partners undergoing this journey, they realize the
information may be of use to friends or family.
Their focus is to keep the help where it was originally
targeted: the young spouse whose life partner has
been diagnosed with cancer. A visit to the site is
worth anyone’s time, and there are blogs and links to
other sites that will help anyone, regardless of the
role they play in the cancer patient’s life.