If you're like most couples, you breezed through the "in sickness and in health" clause of your marriage vows without much thought. You were probably too busy gazing into your spouse's eyes, beaming from the thought of marrying your soul mate and eagerly anticipating your wedding night.
Had you given it some thought, you might have pictured "in sickness and in health" as serving your wife chicken noodle soup when she has the flu or running to the store at 10 p.m. for another box of Kleenex and Sudafed for your husband's "monster" cold. Aside from the token mention of, "Yes, honey, I'd still love you and take care of you if you were in a car accident," calamity was probably the furthest thing from your mind.
More often than not, the reality of "sickness" materializes out of nowhere. When your spouse is diagnosed with a chronic illness, you begin to realize that your life, your spouse's life and your marriage will never again be the same. It's easy to let thoughts such as, "Will this affect his lifespan?" and "Will we still be able to have kids?" torment you.
Below are eight tips for dealing with a diagnosis as a couple.