I am an gym/oncology nurse. My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 2 years ago. This has been an unique challenge. I work with ovarian cancer patients every day as their nurse navigator and support nurse. When my mom was diagnosed I initially thought that this was a good thing that I know so much about the disease and treatment but not so much now. Mom was just diagnosed with brain mets 2 weeks ago(not very common in ovarian cancer) and had gamma knife radiation last week. Each day my mom surprises me with her strength.
I have an older brother and younger sister. I was the one always in control. Always knowing what to ask the doctor and how to manage symptoms of the disease and chemotherapy. Lately I find that I am having a hard time coping. I have extreme worry and anxiety knowing how my mom will succumb to this horrible disease. Today I think I can finally assign a name to it... Anticipatory Grief. If anyone out there is feeling like me I would b grateful for any kind of input.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.