Hax: 'Martyr syndrome' runs in the family

  • by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 2:40 PM

Dear Carolyn: My husband’s 49-year-old brother has advanced cirrhosis. The prognosis sounds pretty grim. My mother-in-law, who is taking care of him and trying to make his apartment habitable (apparently it is disgusting), is adamant that my husband not go help. She’s taking all the burden on herself, and doesn’t even want her own husband to know how much she is doing for her son.

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