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10 Mar 2004

BREAST CANCER, HOW TO HELP MY MOM?
DOC. PLZ HELP, MY MOM HAS BREAST CANCER AND I DONT KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH IT! HER BREAST HAS BEEN REMMOVED AND NOW SHE JUST DOESNT WANT TO GO FOR HER TREATMENTS. SHE IS LIKE A ZOMBY, NOT LIKE MY MOM! IVE TRIED TO HELP AND TALK TO HER BUT ITS LIKE SHE JUST WANTS TO FORGET ABOUT IT, I REALLY WANT TO HELP I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ANYMORE LPZ HELP! I WANT MY MOM BACK!!!
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Worried,
People respond to the discovery that they have cancer ( or any other serious illness ) in various ways, and their manner of dealing with it may change over time. Some try to deny the reality of the illness, which can be dangerous. Some fall into a Depression, which may be what has happened to your mom, and feel like giving up ; with proper treatment of their Depression, they can feel greatly beter, participate fully in their treatment and manage to enjoy far more life or far better quality, than if just left in their misery.
The people treating her cancer ought to have arranged for her to see a counsellor, which could have helped greatly. In the present situation, I'd recommend that you rapidly contact the NCA, the National Cancer Association, which can provide counselling and support and advice, a visiting nurse if needed, and in a situation like breat cancer after a mastectomy, they can arrange for her to be visited by a woman who has herself survived a mastectomy, to discuss the issues she encountered and give valuable personal advice.
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