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.
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