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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Men Leave: Separation And Divorce Far More Common When The Wife Is The Patient

For those that know me and have heard me speak; have often heard me say the same (unfortunate) thing (as what you read below). --Maybe not have said the exact wording, but the same context. - --Stuart Schlossman

ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2009) — A woman is six times more likely to be separated or divorced soon after a diagnosis of cancer or multiple sclerosis than if a man in the relationship is the patient, according to a study that examined the role gender played in so-called "partner abandonment." The study also found that the longer the marriage the more likely it would remain intact.

The study confirmed earlier research that put the overall divorce or separation rate among cancer patients at 11.6 percent, similar to the population as a whole. However, researchers were surprised by the difference in separation and divorce rates by gender. The rate when the woman was the patient was 20.8 percent compared to 2.9 percent when the man was the patient.

"Female gender was the strongest predictor of separation or divorce in each of the patient groups we studied," said Marc Chamberlain, M.D., a co-corresponding author and director of the neuro-oncology program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). Chamberlain is also a professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Anonymous said...

I was diagnosed with MS 1997 and recently divorced Oct 2008; We were together just shy of 30 yrs (4 yrs of that were dating years)so I am not so sure about the longer married the less chance of divorce. I feel MS played a significant role in my divorce and my husband's realization that we were going to be alone (now that all our children were grown) and having to handle me alone. His feelings not mine....I also believe that the MS only facilitated the problems already existing and was the straw that broke the camels back so to speak.

Dorene said...

I have been married for 26 years and my MS was diagnosed in 1991. My husband got his job promotion and transfer to a new location in January 2009. I stayed behind to sell the house. I did in February, he came back to move me to the new location only to say he wanted a divorce in March. I had only been here for 10 days. He left me homeless and at the mercy of family nearby. He had threatened me with it for over a decade saying he "wanted to be with someone physically healthy that can do the things I like to do with me...and you can't." As with 'Anonymous', our children had all gone that past August ane he said with the move that it could be anonymous. No one would know at home, at no one would know us here. Well, they all know at home...and here. He had this planned for years and played the role of the devoted husband for so long. Sad thing is that he said if the person he gets with gets sick, he's gone, too.