Each person’s experience with mesothelioma is unique, but it is certain that once one is diagnosed, life is forever altered. Just as each person’s mesothelioma treatment is individualized, so too is the coping strategy he or she will develop.
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What’s the problem?
When you hear that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your first inclination will probably be that your “normal” life is about to change, and in some respects, this may be true. You will have to come to terms with your diagnosis in your own mind, and then tell family and friends. There will be appointments to keep, mesothelioma treatment decisions to make, and medical bills to pay. Familiar routines may become disrupted or absent altogether. How you successfully contend with these difficulties, or how you “cope,” can be one of the most important steps you will take in maintaining a positive outlook on life.
Mesothelioma Coping Strategies
The following strategies are recommended for all mesothelioma patients:
- Learn relaxation techniques
- Share your feelings honestly with family, friends, a spiritual advisor or a counselor
- Keep a journal to help organize your thoughts
- When faced with a difficult decision, list pros and cons for each choice
- Find a source of spiritual strength
- Pray or meditate
- Find time to be alone
- Go for walks
- Remain involved with work and leisure activities as much as possible
As time passes, the individual with mesothelioma and the people around them will start to develop their own unique ways of coping. This may involve having to accept that this disease will not be cured. For those left behind, this will mean coming to terms with loss of a loved one – this will involve the pain of anticipation (anticipatory grief) and then the pain that follows death of someone we love.
The single most important factor in dealing with grief is that you are not alone. As well as the support of family and friends, there are professional services via the medical team and charitable/support/religious groups. Contact Schmidt & Clark, LLP to learn more today.
Do I have a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?
The Toxic Tort Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in asbestos-related mesothelioma lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.