Chronic illness and marriage is a complicated combination. It’s rare to see  or hear a healthy spouse’s perspective on their partner’s disease because it is a topic that can be very difficult – as much for the one speaking as for the one hearing it. With an estimated divorce rate as high as 75% among couples where one has a chronic illness, it is an important topic for discussion and understanding.

In each session, the panel openly and honestly speaks about the challenges, hardships, blessings, and lessons learned from their perspective as a spouse and care-partner.

Even if you are not married, there are sure to be some take-aways and lessons learned that you can apply to any meaningful relationship in your life.

Part 1: When Your Wife is Ill


Part 2: When Your Husband is Ill



The Bateman Horne Center holds monthly education meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. Patients and other interested parties that reside in the Salt Lake City area are invited to attend in person at the new BHC Education Center (located at 24 South 1100 East, Suite 205, Salt Lake City, UT), meet others and engage in a live Q&A.

For those outside of the area, all of the sessions are streamed live on Facebook, then later housed on our YouTube channel, making them available to all. There is no need to register and the events – livestream or in person attendance – are always free. The link never changes:

To watch LIVE on Facebook:

After the education meeting takes place, all recordings are archived here on the BHC blog, in the patient library, and on the BHC YouTube channel.

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  1. Marthe on April 14, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Please make a transcript of this available! I can’t share it with my husband and carer because he is Deaf. Also please bear in mind captions help those of us more severely affected. People who would benefit from this need to have it accessible, thanks you!

  2. Lindsey Kalfsbeek on April 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Those are two very informative and interesting podcasts. Thank you for coming up with this idea of discussing living life with a partner/spouse who suffers from ME/CFS.

    It would also be nice to hear the flip side of this dilemma by having a podcast with people who suffer from ME/CFS and what it’s like living with this illness.