Help family understand breast cancer "obsession"?

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Question from CW: My family has just about had it with me. I was diagnosed with DCIS, went thru mastectomy (no chemo needed) in May 2003. Now I am doing reconstruction, after a failed reconstruction last year. My family doesn't understand what they call my "obsession" with the subject of breast cancer because I am online often. Any advice?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. Everybody recovers at her own pace. You can't possibly recover from a situation and move on until that situation is completed. You can tell your family that it's understandable to be concerned about facing a surgery when a similar one has failed in the past. It makes sense to be a little bit more apprehensive this time around. Then, you can say, when everything is successfully completed, that will be the time to move on and put breast cancer behind you.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Family and Loved Ones featured Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W., author Marc Silver, and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about the issues surrounding family members and caregivers living with and caring for women affected by breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2004.

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