Caring for a Child with Cancer: Impact on Mother's Health

  • Rafii, Forugh (Center for Nursing Care Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery) ;
  • Oskouie, Fatemeh (Center for Nursing Care Research and School of Nursing and Midwifery) ;
  • Shoghi, Mahnaz (School of Nursing and Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences)
  • Published : 2014.02.28


The life of a mother undergoes a dramatic change after a child is diagnosed with cancer. The present study aimed to determine effects on the everyday life process and health status of mothers with children suffering from leukemia. This qualitative study was based on a grounded theory approach with sixteen mothers. The results indicate that after onset of disease in their children, they marginalized their own health and tied their identities to taking care of the child and keeping the child healthy by ignoring themselves, becoming imprisoned in a taking-care-of-the-child position, and trying very hard for seek balance and stability Enduring physical pressures on the one hand, and constantly attempting to achieve balance and stability in family processes on the other hand, gradually cause exhaustion. It seems that health care providers and nurses should pay much more attention to the health status of this group of mothers.


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