Child overwhelmed with caregiver role?

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Question from madison: My mom just had surgery and is going through chemo for her breast cancer. I'm taking care of her and the house and stuff, but between that and school (I'm a senior in high school) I am completely overwhelmed and cry all the time, but my mom has told me that she needs me to be strong for her. How do I get her to understand how hard this is for me?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. It's perfectly okay for you to let your mom know that you're very concerned and you love her. Perhaps you could find additional help. Are there other relatives, friends or neighbors who could help with some of the chores? Patients often have more support and when they do they feel good about it. During the chemotherapy, there may be many days when Mom feels okay and maybe it would be good for her to see that she's well enough and strong enough to do some light chores on her own.

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 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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