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Caring for a Spouse

Welcome to this online support group for spousal caregivers! Please introduce yourself - Ask for advice - Share your experiences caring for your husband, wife or partner. Talk about ailments and treatments, caregiving and relationship challenges, daily life, your tips for others. Vent, laugh, and come back to this online support group as often as you need to feel less alone. Some featured conversations to help you get started...

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Dino307 said...

about 16 hours ago

Hello, I may have duplicated this conversation, first time posting and all. I have been married 23 years to my wife who has Scleroderma and many other associated medical issues with the illness. After 8 years of Scleroderma, raising a 5 year old, and running a business I am broken. I don't want to lose my marriage, but have been terrible toward her verbally and have vilified my wife for over 1 year now. I have never had any support and I am looking to improve myself.

need2understand said...

about 15 hours ago

Dino307 said...

about 16 hours ago

Hello, I may have duplicated this conversation, first time posting and all. I have been married 23 years to my wife who has Scleroderma and many other associated medical issues with the illness. After 8 years of Scleroderma, raising a 5 year old, and running a business I am broken. I don't want to lose my marriage, but have been terrible toward her verbally and have vilified my wife for over 1 year now. I have never had any support and I am looking to improve myself.

imnmed said...

about 9 hours ago

Sheila1944 said...

about 3 hours ago

RosieM said...

about 20 hours ago

Hello! I am in a relationship with someone who had a kidney transplant as a teen. After 17 years, they are still healthy, but they're numbers are starting to move in the wrong direction. I imagine he will need another transplant in a few years, and then 1-2 more later on in life. It is giving me some anxiety about pursuing the relationship and having a family with this person. I would love to learn more about other people's experience with similar situations. Thank you!

LAJ2012 said...

about 14 hours ago

Josephine44 said...

about 13 hours ago

Ruthie1954 said...

1 day ago

I care for a husband with muscular dystrophy. He has lost all ability to swallow and has to be tube fed. I have no one to help me and it does get overwhelming. Just would like to have others to talk to as I am pretty much stuck in the house.

Ruthie1954 said...

1 day ago

Chgogal said...

1 day ago

tmmlc7 said...

2 days ago

I just ran across this site, and don't know where to begin. I guess I just want to say I'm overwhelmed, depressed, and sometimes hopeless. Today I care for my wife, of four years, who is pretty much bedridden, along with her teenage son. I met her a little over 4 years ago when she had some back issues, but now it's deteriorated rapidly, and she was just diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis on top of it. I pretty much do everything around the house, but I can't do everything so a lot of stuff is building up. I've been through every range of emotion from anger, guilt, resentment, and apathy. I really just need people in a similar situation to talk, and vent to. I'm hoping this site will help.

Josie63 said...

about 16 hours ago

need2understand said...

about 15 hours ago

RichardCares said...

3 days ago

My wife has encepalopathy (brain fog) caused by liver disease. She needs to take a liquid to decrease her confusion. She wont cooperate and take it. This leaves her confused and more resistant to taking the liquid, It is a cycle. She sometimes is a danger to herself. I am at my wits end. Thank you.

Sheila1944 said...

about 4 hours ago

Sheila1944 said...

about 3 hours ago

3 days ago

I have been the primary caregiver for my wife for about 17 years. My role has increased steadily over this time until now being all consuming. She has suffered multiple strokes, paralysis, and has a list of chronic issues that fills more than a single space typewritten page at with her doctors. I am 10 years younger and seem to be in good physical health but am suffering deeply emotionally. I find myself forcing a happy face to keep her spirits up while crying inside. I have had no intimacy since her first stroke 17 years ago and now am not able to even touch her hand or face without being told that I am bothering her or hurting her. I have begun seeing a therapist to help with my depression. I feel much of the time that my life is racing by without any joy or human interaction. I'm sure there must be people out there that know the desperation I feel and I'd like to hear from them. I love my wife but just don't know how much longer I can continue to function as I have.

Sheila1944 said...

3 days ago

LAJ2012 said...

3 days ago

LAJ2012 said...

3 days ago

My husband is scheduled for his pulmonary rehab orientation tomorrow. A part of me wants to go with him for support but I'm concerned about coddling him. This is something he can do on his own, for his own good. I've already advised him to get himself ready in sections. Like take shower in the morning & make oxygen tanks, then rest, maybe take a nap. Then get up fresh for the therapy. Set an alarm. I hope he follows through and does the therapy consistently. It could make a big difference if he sticks with it.

What are your thoughts? Should I go with him or let him go on his own?

Sheila1944 said...

3 days ago

P.d said...

3 days ago

sola57 said...

4 days ago

What to do when your husband pursues you with sexual explicit comments or actions and you really don't want to have sex because you have no interest on him sexually.

about 21 hours ago

Josephine44 said...

about 21 hours ago

Max80819 said...

4 days ago

I can't think of a better place to ask: Cordless phone system with up-to 8 handsets with large buttons, easy to use intercom that will ring 1 or all phones, good quality and just generally easy to use. Any advice would be welcome. I've read reviews on Amazon and others, and thought this forum would be best informed.

Grizzycat said...

4 days ago

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