Women are 6 times more likely to be abandoned by their spouse after being diagnosed with cancer or MS!
No one wants to receive a life-threatening diagnosis. If you do get the news that you have cancer or MS or a brain tumor, you would hope that your spouse would stand by and support you. Battling an illness is tough enough without having to worry about your partner abandoning you. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.
Serious illness causes extreme stress and can lead to separation and even divorce. Depending on the situation, this marital discord can affect the patient's survival. In a study of 515 married patients with life threatening illnesses, researchers found that spousal abandonment was six times more likely if the patient was a woman.
According to the study, female gender was a strong predictor of spousal abandonment. Further, when divorce or separation did occur, the patient's quality of life and quality of treatment were negatively affected.