Hi everyone. I am a newbie here and am looking for some advise. My mum who is 79 has lung cancer, breast cancer, aortic stenosis and severe emphysema. She weighs 42kg and due to all her health issues as well as her weight is unable to have any surgeries, chemo or radiation. I had a visit with her doctor who has told me she is terminal and may have 6 months. My question is, do I tell her she may only have 6 months??? I feel deep down she may know. My brother and I think we shouldn’t tell her as we feel it may add more stress which she does not need. Very interested to hear what other people think.
I'm sorry to hear about your Mum. What a difficult situation.
Not knowing your Mum at all or knowing too much about your situation.
If I was in the situation of maybe having only 6 months, I, personally, would like to know.
I don't think that there is a right or wrong choice to make here.
I'm assuming you have medical power of attorney?
If you don't, I guess that would make any decisions harder to make if she doesn't know?
Do you know if her doctor has discussed the situation with her?
Do you think that it would be important to her to know?
Sorry, I haven't exactly helped answer your question. I've just asked you more.
I would definitely tell her. Yes, she would probably know within herself, but I know I would absolutely hate for my children to keep it from me.
Does she have an up-to-date will? Are all her finances etc, in order? There maybe things that she wants to do/say before for she dies, & if she's under false hope of having a longer time to live, she may not have the opportunity to do them.
While death may be a difficult topic to talk about, it is a necessary one. Your Mum would also be given the opportunity to have a say in the funeral arrangements.
Whatever you decide to do, tread gently. You have my best wishes.
Thanks for your advice. Yes all her affairs are in order. I have decided to talk to her GP and discuss the best way to deal with this. I’m also wondering if her GP has told her as her last appointment was at mums house and I could not make the appointment due to work.
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