Help mom be more active after diagnosis?

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Question from Website Question: My mother isn't very active since she's been diagnosed. What can I do to help her be more active? She's in her 60s.
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. A diagnosis of breast cancer is overwhelming and traumatic for most patients. They develop feelings of illness and vulnerability, and it's very common for them to become inactive. Your mother needs to find her own way. Try to encourage her but not pressure her. Here's another situation where support groups are very helpful to see how other people cope with the diagnosis and treatment. That's very different than getting advice from loving relatives who can't possibly fully appreciate the experience.
Marc Silver Husbands face this situation, too. And sometimes just asking your wife to take a walk with you for 20 minutes is a wonderful way to get her active and to have some special time with her.

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 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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