What happens when the caregiver is the one with a mental illness? My mother is 61 and was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago. She was in remission but the cancer returned recently. She's starting chemo and radiation in a week. I have bipolar disorder, which I've mostly been able to manage with meds, but am fearful that the stress involved in taking care of Mom is going to make me spin out of control. Is there anything I can do?