Childfree Reflections

With Marcia Drut-Davis
October 24th, 2011 by Marcia Davis

Re: Hearing, “We are pregnant”.

I’ve always wondered why people say, “We are pregnant”. It’s the woman who is pregnant, isn’t it? Even when it’s a lesbian couple, one has the fetus growing inside her, not the other. I’ve always snickered at the thought but let it go. If  any couple find that one of them is pregnant, the other also shares so much during that time: dealing with issues of weight gain, morning sickness, hemorrhoids, mood swings from hormonal changes, varicose veins and other common pregnancy experiences can be a daunting task for both people. But, this week, I got it! My husband was diagnosed with early staged prostate cancer. I now hear myself saying, “We have cancer”.  As in pregnancy, when one person faces any health challenges, the other is involved. Unlike pregnancy, people respond happily when they hear, “We are pregnant” but I find people looking at me as if I have three heads when I say, “We have cancer”. I wonder why?


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