my mom was diagnosed with a recurrance of her breast cancer this spring. she's in the middle of her chemo therapy, then she'll do several weeks of radiation. she's on medical leave throughout the summer and into fall. for the most part, she's reacting quite well to the situation all around, however she's become forgetful and occassionally confused (she believes it's "chemo brain", combined with the added stress of her brother dying of cancer and she's helping to manage is situation). my father is being less than sympathetic. he retired at the end of June, so he's home with her and able to help with things around the house, accompany her to medical appts, etc. however, he's been ridiculing her for her forgetfullness ("why are you doing this?" "how could you forget that?" "what's the matter with you?", etc.), and even at times is all-out cruel, for example he left her stranded and nearly hysterical at the grocery store when she accidentally left the keys in the ignition with the engine running (he walked 3 miles to home) and left her at her chemo appt and made her take the bus home (two bus transfers and more than an hour plus ride home) because he was fed up with the traffic. he's never been a pillar of maturity, but i really don't understand how he can be so entirely unsympathetic and mean. i'm wondering if anyone out there has any recommendations for books that might be helpful for him to read or resources for him. it's highly unlikely that he'd seek out counseling or group meetings.