In My Sister's Keeper we see, through Jodi Picoult's use of flashbacks, how Sara, Kate's mother, fights back against her feelings of helplessness against the disease raging through her daughter's body; she tries to control what she can, by believing that she has power over whether Kate lives or dies.
How is her resolve good for the family? How does it give her family strength? How is it detrimental (i.e., how does it hurt her family)?
Your response will count as a homework assignment for the third marking period.