The Battle with Cancer on the Homefront

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

August 21, 2012 Updated Aug 21, 2012 at 6:50 PM EDT

Huntington, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Those that endure the stress of cancer treatment have their struggles, but patients are not the only ones struggling during those uncertain times.

Melissa Long explains that for women facing "any" cancer the changing roles and need for support at home are a challenge for loved ones, too.

Jim and Nicole Hahn consider themselves a team. Together they care for their home and their two children Cota and Tess, ages 9 and 6. So in 2009 when a troubling pap test prompted surgery and a discovery of cervical cancer, Jim, like so many other spouses do, struggled with the thought that he might lose his teammate.

“After 2 kids or even 1 kid or just all the time we've spent together...to start over is a scary thought. I don't know how people do it,” says Jim.

But unfortunately, many people do face that possibility. For the Hahns, concern about cancer is something they are familiar with.

Nicole had another scare recently with breast cancer. The waiting, the worrying....nothing clarifies the importance of partnership and support like the threat of a serious illness.

Jim said, “If this is cancer and it comes back and is severe and she's laid up for months and trying to do everything with the kids and housework and not having any support there cause you have to be the supporting role and maintain everything...it's scary.”

The Hahn's were straightforward with their two kids about why mom was in the hospital. Every family must handle that sensitive situation in the way they feel is best. But there's no question that family support and understanding makes a world of difference whether you are facing the unknown or a very familiar adversary

“She's always positive and that helps. That helps because we keep each other going," says Jim.

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