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Question from Susana: Is it fine to always say OK to whatever my mother (patient) asks? I feel like she is being too spoiled and nothing makes her happy.
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. My response to a question like this is that most often the time of treatment is time-limited. During this time, the family is no longer a democracy, but a dictatorship. And the patient is in charge. This will end, treatment will end, and things will return to normal. During treatment, the patient has many intense feelings exhibited in many different ways. If the family can be patient and supportive, that is generally the best approach. So, the answer is you need to say yes to your mother unless she's asking for destructive things.
Marc Silver The same goes for husbands. A lot of men have told me that the motto of the breast cancer husband should be "Shut up and listen!"

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Partners, Loved Ones, Caregivers: Taking Care of You featured Author Marc Silver and moderator Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. answering your questions about how you can take care of your loved one and yourself during and after breast cancer treatment.

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