When a person is diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, there are a lot of things that need to be dealt with immediately: appointments need to be made for diagnostic tests and with specialists; calls need to be made to family and friends; financial and legal decisions need to be made. With all that on your plate, it is easy to dismiss your doctor’s suggestion that you get involved with a mesothelioma patient support group, but ignoring this advice is a big mistake. Time and time again, cancer patients suffering from all variations of the disease have pointed to these gatherings as some of the most important and beneficial time that they spend after diagnosis, and the same is true of their family members and caregivers.
Mesothelioma patients face all of the difficulties that others diagnosed with difficult conditions do, with the added burden of a certain death sentence and the knowledge that their condition could have been prevented had asbestos companies acted with care. By attending support group meetings are participating in online support forums, mesothelioma victims gain several benefits, including:
- The ability to gain and exchange educational information and resources with others who are going through the same experience
- A reduced sense of helplessness or feeling all alone as a result of meeting others going through the same thing
- A greater tolerance for their mesothelioma treatment regimen and more willingness to comply with doctors’ orders
- An alleviation of tension, anxiety and fear
If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and are not sure as to whether engaging with others would help you, there are online chats available that allow you the opportunity to see what they offer without meeting anybody face to face. This method of engagement is frequently all that mesothelioma patients need, but for many it serves as a stepping stone to finding local groups that can provide them with even more support.
If you need information about the mesothelioma resources available to you, or would like information about your legal rights, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244.