Rocker Melissa Etheridge is convinced her relationship with lesbian lover TAMMY LYNN MICHAELS is forever, after the actress nursed her through her 2004 cancer hell with the utmost care.

Etheridge, 44, has praised her 30-year-old partner in a new interview with gay magazine The Advocate, revealing Michaels was the kind of person every cancer victim should have in their life when the disease takes hold.

The singer reveals Michaels always found ways to lighten the darkest days and couldn't have been more considerate.

She says, "She was the best, most loving, completely dedicated... I lived for weeks in our bedroom, and she knew the days she couldn't make any noise because it's so painful that noise hurts.

"Even when she had to be completely still, when she couldn't watch television, even tape the keys on a computer - she would just sit and read and turn the pages quietly, just to be in the same room with me."

Etheridge also reveals Michaels constantly kept up her morale by telling her how beautiful she looked with a shaved head.

She adds, "When she said, 'Look, it's time to shave you head...' it was very hard. She looked at me and said, 'Honey... you actually look very feminine and beautiful.' She kept watering me with that."