A partner’s cancer diagnosis can be difficult to cope with. When you take on the role of being their caregiver, you may feel the need to try to protect their emotions. You might think they have so much on their plate already that the last thing they need is to take on any additional fears and worries from you. This is something I experienced personally when I cared for my husband with cancer. And while this thinking is well intended, what can happen as a result is that we as caregivers then put on a brave and positive face for our partner while trying to suppress our own fears and worries. We might avoid crying or sharing our true feelings in front of them for fear that we will bring them down.