Relationship Support Service
Are you experiencing changes to your relationship with a partner because of a brain tumour?
Do you feel you need support to help start a new relationship or keep your current relationship on track?
If so, you don’t have to try to cope with this alone. We’re here for you.
Good quality relationships matter for our health, even affecting survival and quality of life. But a brain tumour diagnosis can put a strain on even the healthiest of relationships and make it harder to start new relationships.
Our Losing Myself report found that 2 in 3 people felt their diagnosis had a negative impact on their relationship with their partner. And 72% of the respondents said it had affected physical intimacy.
That’s why we’ve partnered with Relate, the leading relationships charity in England and Wales, to deliver a free counselling service for UK-based couples and individuals whose relationship has been affected by a brain tumour.
Our free counselling service is here to support you, whether you just want to check in to help keep your relationship on track or you feel like you’re really struggling. And you can access it as an individual or as a couple – it’s up to you.
You can find out more about our Relationship Support Service in our counselling FAQs or register your interest using our online form. You can also contact our Support and Information team today to find out more about the service.
If someone is looking for practical or emotional relationship advice, I can’t recommend it highly enough to help navigate the tricky ways in which a brain tumour diagnosis can impact on a relationship.
Ed from Kent was diagnosed with a Grade 4 glioblastoma in June 2018 after he collapsed at work. He and his wife have recently been using the relationship service the Charity offers in partnership with Relate to help support him as a husband and father.
“My wife and I had been together for 10 years when I was diagnosed. Until then, our relationship had been so carefree. From day one, we knew that we had a long-term future together and we had a good grasp of what we both wanted that to look like too. However, my diagnosis threw all that into question overnight. We did still get married just nine months later and we soon welcomed our first child after going through IVF.
“The diagnosis really changed how I viewed myself and how I felt that other people saw me too. All of a sudden, I needed help and support to complete what should be really simple tasks. I thought that I had become a burden – someone who needed caring for – and it really knocked my confidence. This resulted in a total lack of interest in the physical side of a relationship.
“The relationship service with Relate was so empathetic. I quickly built a rapport with a professional ear which gave me the confidence to discuss in detail the emotional and practical barriers which were creating the issues in my relationship. We talked openly and real effort was made to understand my situation, offer practical solutions and also understand that sometimes maybe I didn’t want to talk.
“If someone is looking for practical or emotional relationship advice, I can’t recommend it highly enough to help navigate the tricky ways in which a brain tumour diagnosis can impact on a relationship.”
Register your interest in our Relationship Support Service
Fill out this form to register your interest in our Relationship Support Service. We'll ring you back within seven days to make sure we have all the information we need to refer you to our relationship counselling partner, Relate.