Fear and anguish over mother's cancer?

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Question from KarenL: My mom was diagnosed in 2003 and I took care of her while she went for treatment. After nearly 4 years, I still cannot shake the fear and anguish. I still find myself crying over it and feel bad when my son sees me. How can I convince myself that my mom will be okay and go on with my life?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. This sounds like a situation where it might be helpful to speak to a health care provider. It may also help to know that the bulk of recurrences happen in the first two years. And the longer a person goes from the time of diagnosis, there's a greater expectation that that patient will be well.

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.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2007.

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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