Worried about friend running herself down?

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Question from Wendy Girl: My friend is trying to be Super Mom through her treatment. I keep asking her to slow down and let her friends help, but this seems to make her angry. I am worried she will run herself down too much and it could harm her treatment. Any ideas?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. Right now she's doing what she needs to do. She's not ready to fully accept the diagnosis and the impact it's having on her life. It reassures her to maintain her role as Super Mom. While I have seen this behavior many times, I have never seen it compromise treatment. And eventually, the patient becomes so exhausted that she generally is able to let friends and family help.

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.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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