4 Helpful Coping Tips After Receiving Mesothelioma Diagnosis
To receive news that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma illness can be devastating. Unfortunately, due to the long latency period this disease typically has (approximately 20-50 years), many diagnoses are unexpected. To make matters worse, mesothelioma is an incurable illness that typically results from asbestos exposure. While there are a number of treatments and therapies that individuals may be eligible to undergo to improve their prognosis, such news may still be difficult to cope with. For this reason, we have created a list of 4 tips to help you or your loved one cope with a mesothelioma diagnosis.
Give Yourself Time and Work Towards Acceptance
Bad news can stem a whirlwind of emotions, and rightfully so. It is important to understand that there is no “right” way to handle the news, and there is no timeframe to when such news will sink in. However, even if the road to acceptance is not easy, it must be taken. Acceptance to any emotion that develops does not make an individual weak. In fact, by working towards acceptance, a patient is more likely to be open to treatments/therapies. Even if troubling emotions suddenly arise, it is important to remember that those feelings are valid.
Mesothelioma is a complex and uncommon illness. This disease stems from exposure to asbestos – a harmful carcinogen that was commonly used in various industries and products. While asbestos is not entirely banned in the United States, it is more heavily regulated. Unfortunately, it is more common to detect mesothelioma in later stages rather than earlier stages.
A brief breakdown of mesothelioma stages is as followed…
- Stage 1: The cancer is localized in the mesothelial lining & has not yet spread
- Stage 2: The cancer cells has begun to spread to nearby organs – typically including the lung and/or diaphragm
- Stage 3: The cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes, organs, and/or tissues
- Stage 4: Cancer has spread, or metastasized, throughout the chest and to other organs
Additionally, there are various treatments a victim may be eligible for – depending on various factors, such as the stage of the disease, the age, general health, and more.
Such treatments may include…
- Various Therapies – including Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy, Immunotherapy, & Multimodal Therapy
- Clinical Trials
- Palliative Care
- Alternative Medicines
Patients should consult their doctor to determine more information regarding what treatments they may be eligible for.
Develop A Support System
Knowing how to share the news may be harsh. Especially when some victim’s family may have additional problems – making the victim feel as though their news may be a further burden on their loved ones. However, when victims try to take on the illness by themselves, they face immense stress and difficulties. Furthermore, a family may feel guilty when they discover the news later on when a victim only has minimal time left. By reaching out to your family, friends, and loved ones, a support system can be developed so you do not have to take on this illness alone.
Seek A Mesothelioma Lawyer
Many victims of mesothelioma are not only concerned with their health following a diagnosis but are also concerned with finances. Various expenses – including medical, travel, care, and lost wages – may lead to financial burdens. Furthermore, many victims seek justice from their negligent employer who is responsible for their asbestos exposure. There are many occupations that are known for asbestos exposure. By consulting a mesothelioma lawyer, victims can determine if their employer can be held responsible and receive compensation. Such compensation can be utilized by the victim and their family for any expenses that should arise. Fortunately, a will handle the necessary legal proceedings, providing some relief for the victim and their family.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
No one is prepared for a life-threatening illness diagnosis. It can bring a sudden halt to a person’s everyday life and cause many hardships. However, that should not cause complete dismay. There are many people who will help you or your loved one throughout the entire process – including our expert lawyers at Goldberg, Persky & White. Not only do we strive to bring justice to our clients, but we also want to relieve the victim of as much stress as possible. For a free consultation, contact our firm today. We are available to speak with you anytime, anywhere.