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Topic: How can I help my mom?

Forum: Caring for Someone with Breast cancer —

A place to share your struggles and concerns about supporting and caring for a person you love diagnosed with breast cancer with others who understand.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2017 07:27AM

RayneLanie wrote:

My mom was diagnosed with stage 2a tnbc February 2016 with a 4.5 tumour and no lymph nodes.

After her surgery, before she started chemo she had a routine petscan and found one 1cm tumour on her left lung, which was then taken out via surgery. But during her surgery, the surgeon found extensive small mets on her left lung. (the biggest one was about 4mm)

Her MO gave her x6 FEC in 21 day cycles, and after 3 she got to NED. Her chemo ended on September 2016. She didn't have any other symptoms for 6 months, so they just checked her bloodwork, and they always came back clean. (which apparently didn't work for her.)

This April during her 6 months scan, we found out the mets on her lungs were back, 3 of them around 1cm, others micro. She started 24 cycles weekly Taxol/Carbo combo.

I know the prognosis, I know the next possible drugs etc. My only concern is that she is extremely depressed.

She keeps saying she will only be around for a couple of years at most, she has lost all hope.

I don't want to see her in an unrealisticly optimistic mind either, but she just sits around all day doing nothing (which is mostly taxol's fatigue's fault, but still...) and just thinking negatively.

Whenever I talk to her, she is on the verge of crying. Keeps repeating she won't make it.

I'm aware that her situation is not easy to accept, but I also know that she is stronger than she thinks.

I just want to know what I can do to make her feel better? How can I make her smile and laugh? Because even if I say "hi" she gets upset at me. (She is taking anti-depression meds too, but it doesn't seem to help all that much.)

So, for the women that are in her shoes,

What would make you feel better? How can I give her strength? How can I give her hope while being honest, but without giving her a bubbly false imagination?

My mom and I are really really close and I usually know how to make her laugh and smile, but this is a situation where I seem like I don't help at all.

I am giving her space too, but I can't see her dive even deeper to depression and do nothing.

Please help me.

Thank you so much for reading.

Surgery 2/4/2016 Mastectomy: Left Dx 2/8/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, 0/15 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/10/2016 CEF Chemotherapy 6/28/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 5/9/2018 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide)
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Jul 16, 2017 07:48AM - edited Jul 16, 2017 07:49AM by Sjacobs146

is your mom seeing a therapist? She may benefit from counseling and perhaps anti depressants. I have a friend who recently died from Pancreatic cancer and the therapy and medshelped significantly.

Dx 8/26/2014, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/22/2014 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/23/2014 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/25/2015 Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/16/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 16, 2017 07:22PM ShetlandPony wrote:

RayneLanie, it is so hard to watch someone we love in the throes of depression. Such a helpless feeling. We can't solve it all. I do have a few suggestions. First, it can take some trial and error to find the right anti-depressant, so I hope your mom will talk to her psychiatrist about this soon. Second, something that helped me a lot in the beginning, besides having a good therapist to help me adjust to the diagnosis, was to attend an in-person stage iv cancer support group. There I met many people who were doing well and living with the diagnosis, and had been for quite a while. It gave me hope. Then I continued getting and giving support here on BCO. It may take some searching to find such a group. Finally, you and your mom might want to read the thread "Tips for fighting the dark clouds".

2011 Stage I ILC 1.5cm grade1 ITCs sn Lumpectomy,radiation,tamoxifen. 2014 Stage IV ILC mets breast,liver. TaxolNEAD. Ibrance+letrozole 2yrs. Fas+afinitor nope. XelodaNEAD 2yrs. Eribulin,Doxil nope. SUMMIT FaslodexHerceptinNeratinib for Her2mut NEAD
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Jul 16, 2017 09:44PM Artista928 wrote:

I agree that getting her to a doc who can rx her depression and anxiety meds would really help her. Being in that despair you really need to be on meds to help cope. Many of us are on meds so there is nothing wrong with it.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant

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