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  • Mom diagnones with cancer and I don't know how to react. I found out 3 days ago that my mom is diagnosed with stomach cancer. I was the last one to find out in my family. I'm now wishing that I wasn't told. I know that doesn't make sense but I guess I'm just angry about it. My family is really big (I've got 9 siblings) and we don't really talk to each other (kind of disfunctional). I live in another State, so I can't really do anything for her, besides I really don't even know how to react or what to say to her. I'm pretty sure that the prognosis is not good, since she's 72 years old, and also has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. She passed a kidney stone 5 years ago. I know through other family members that she's been suffering for a long time. The cancer diagnosis is just the most serious thing, she's supposed to start chemotherapy soon. I d k what stage she is at, but I don't know how to talk to my sister (who is a registered nurse and knows the medical side of it). I don't know how to talk to any of my siblings-- like I said we're really disfunctional. I just don't know how to react. I feel guilty because I don't even know what to say to her or anyone in my family.
    My wife is going to have a daughter very soon, and only 2 of my siblings congratulated me when I emailed my whole family the news. I have conflicting emotions towards my Mom, I don't hate her or anything. It's painful because my brothers,sisters, extended family and my Dad don't communicate. I think my whole family is sick since we don't really communicate.
    I have some feelings of rage towards people, sometimes I honestly hate people and I don't know why. I hold a lot of secret resentments and I have stress and finding out my Mom has cancer has really made me stressed! This is only the tip of the iceberg but it gives someone an idea. Please help because I really don't know what to do!
    Thread location: Discussion Forum
    Keyword tags: mom family old siblings 
    Posted: Jul 17 2010, 11:36 AM EDT by jazzwarrior
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