My mother has lived with us for 5 years now and is in stage 7. She sleeps most of the time now and will only take her meals in liquid form. I am feeling overwhelmed even though I obviously knew this was coming. An old friend of hers actually asked me the other day why I even bother to take her to the doctors anymore! I do not want to prolong her suffering with dialysis or a feeding tube but I want her to be monitored so that she will be as comfortable as possible. I feel such a sense of sadness watching her like this and I try to keep a brave face for my husband and family because they are living with this too but I feel so helpless and so emotionally drained. I try to get away when I can and that helps for the time being but then it is back to it again. Please tell me how to make it through this stage without losing your own mental health along the way.