Tell mom she doesn't need to be "super"?

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Question from bratgelina: My mom is still trying to be Super Mom while she's getting treatment and it wears her out. How can I tell her we don't care if the place is Martha Stewart clean, as long as she's okay?
Answers - Rosalind Kleban, L.C.S.W. During treatment, many patients need to behave like Super Mom. It reassures them that they're well. Most often, they're not doing it for the family, but doing it for themselves. As treatment wears on and accumulates, and they feel more and more fatigued, all of this will stop and they will give the family an opportunity to help. But this is a person who has a strong need to feel well and capable. And it's best that the family does not interfere with this.

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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