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Topic: Mentally Handicapped Sister with Breast Cancer

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: Nov 15, 2018 10:02PM

Londa wrote:


My mentally handicapped sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer about a month ago. According to the biopsy, it has not spread to her lymph nodes. I've explained in simple terms to her that her breast is "sick" and I had to use the term cancer because of course the medical professionals will most certainly. She doesn't comprehend "cancer" and hasn't mentioned it since our initial discussion though we've gone for many medical visits to prepare for her mastectomy at the end of the month. She's as oblivious as ever which is probably a good thing. It's heartbreaking that she has this disease but the doctors are optimistic that she will survive. Our parents are deceased so I'm the power of attorney--the decision maker. It's great to have this forum to share my thoughts and get questions answered. Cyberhugs to all of you for caring for your sick loved ones.

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Nov 16, 2018 05:35AM Moderators wrote:

Dear Londa, we're very sorry for your sister's diagnosis and all you are going through, but glad you've found us and decided to reach out! Coping with cancer can be difficult, but even more challenging when you have a disability, and same for the caregivers. We know is not the same case, but the following article from our main site may help you find the correct words to talk about cancer with her: Talking to Young Children

Also, it's very important to take care of yourself as a caregiver, so take a look at these helpful tips: Self-Care for Caregivers

Hope this helps. Please come back to let us know how you both are doing.

Best wishes,

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Nov 16, 2018 07:18AM Londa wrote:

Thanks, Moderators, for the warm greeting. I'll read the info on the links you provided.

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