I'm still mom: Young mothers living with advanced breast cancer

Debra M. Lundquist, Donna L. Berry, Marie Boltz, Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya, Pamela J. Grace

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Purpose: To conduct a detailed content analysis of the theme "I'm still Mom"as described by young women living with advanced breast cancer. Participants & Setting: 12 young adult women living with advanced breast cancer were recruited from across the United States. Methodologic Approach: van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenologic method was used to analyze qualitative data from interviews and establish subthemes. Findings: Women were a mean age of 36 years and had at least one child. The following three subthemes emerged from the overarching theme of I'm still Mom: (a) being Mom is hard, (b) time is short, and (c) it's not easy for my kids. Implications for Nursing: This study provides a foundation for additional research that can inform family-centered education and interventions to help align the parenting priorities of this cohort of women, as well as optimize their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-414
Number of pages10
JournalOncology nursing forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology(nursing)


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