May 17, 2002 - 12:58 pm
Hi, everyone..my mom had a lung removed in 1996, a metastatic tumor removed in 2000, a recurrence in January of this year and had stereotactic treatment for that. Now, she's got hydrocephalus, a spot on the remaining lung, and a grim prognosis.
My problem is this...my dad doesn't feel the need to tell her of her prognosis, my sister concurs, but my need is keen...to tell her is to give her the dignity of her own prognosis...as well, it would be foolish to think that she DOESN'T know. It is my opinion that she does, but no one is talking to her.
Of course, this is not my call to make, it is my dad's...he just got the advice from a social worker which supports his call. What are your experiences in this area? It is fast approaching (doctors think beginning or end of summer) and it is a keen need for me to talk to her and allow her to talk to us...
Many thanks for your help, in advance...