Hi . My father (82) was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma 12 months ago. Since then he has been having weekly chemotherapy by medication and transfusions. Up until approx 3 months ago he had been coping ok and his levels have been slowly going down. However he has severe mood swings and seems very depressed now especially the day after he has his treatment which lasts for 2 - 3 days. The GP has prescribed antidepressants but he will not take them. My mother is a very patient lady and is finding this difficult to deal with as dad has always been a very gentle man, never angry or showed his emotions. I try to do as much as I can ( I live 3 hours away and work full time). I try to go and see them every 4 -6 weeks and stay a few days to give mum a break. I have tried talking to dad he knows he is like it but feels he cannot control it. My poor mother is at wits end. Can anyone give any advice on what else I can do.
I hope you are well this morning ❤️
You may like to have give our Peer Support team at Cancer Council a call, and have a chat to them about our Telephone Support Groups on 1300 755 632.
We have a telephone based support group, specifically for people who are caring for a loved one with cancer, and I think either this or perhaps something like counselling, might be a good option for your Mum at this time.
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