Lately, I have been reading blog posts on Feedly, written by Barbara Kivowitz. Her blog is named, In Sickness As In Health: helping couples coping with illness found at insicknessinhealth.blogspot.com. I like that blog in particular, because I can relate to Mrs. Kivowitz’s topics of her blog post, to my own life, and I understand her life long battle of managing chronic pain. While I was reading through her collection of posts; a particular blog post stood out to me, titled: Couples Survive Cancer More than Singles.
In Mrs. Kivowitz’s post, she was stating: “Why being married could stop you from dying from cancer: Suffers have `something to live for` if they have a spouse.” Mrs. Kivowitz had given a list of supporting statistics that said:
Analysis of 60,000 patients showed singletons were more likely to die
Patients’ other halves are more likely to `hassle` them to see a doctor
For one blood cancer the unmarried had a 43 per cent higher death rate
Mrs. Kivowitz used a source to get her supporting information. This following quotes were obtained from: Sophie Borland Health Editor in Chicago for The Daily Mail, have given supporting statistics: That, “Married people and people with families are more likely to stick to treatment. They have a support system making them go to chemo, reminding them to take their medication.” “They are also motivated to seek out healthcare. To put it bluntly, they have something to live for. These results show that health services need to take more care of single patients – they need a surrogate for a spouse.” Also there was another sub-heading, Mrs. Kivowitz put in her blog, that grabbed my attention saying, that “Married people are also more likely to survive a heart attack”. “Having a spouse to care for them `in sickness and health` improves patients’ survival chances by 14 percent, experts found.”