Though the story of My Sister's Keeper is unique, Cameron says audiences will relate to the family's struggle. "It's about a family who's losing a member. You learn about everyone's experience," she says. "This is something that happens with families with special needs in it. Everybody's energies go toward keeping that person alive."
Cameron says one of the main lessons of the movie is how one person's illness affects so many different aspects of family life. "A family needs all the components, and when one of them is taken out, all the other relationships suffer—in this case, the mother's relationship with her other children suffers, the husband and wife's relationship suffers. Everything starts to be compartmentalized and deconstructed."