Knowing what to do or say when a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma can be difficult for many people. Often, you may feel torn between your feelings of extreme sadness and your desire to be a source of support for the person who is coping with the condition.
Staying strong and showing the person in your life how much he or she means to you during mesothelioma treatment can be essential because it will provide him or her with a greater sense of peace and potential hope for the future.
While it may seem difficult to figure out how best to show your devotion and care for a person impacted, with the four tips below, you can support someone with mesothelioma in a variety of ways.
1. Research mesothelioma
A mesothelioma diagnosis will change not just the life of the person directly affected by the condition, but also the lives of those closest to him or her, who will witness the changes that this disease can create and have to endure the emotional stress and sadness that comes from watching your loved one become sick.
Researching the causes of mesothelioma as well as the different treatment options for the condition can be a great way to show the impacted person in your life that you care.
2. Legal rights to compensation
As you research mesothelioma, you’ll gain a better understanding of the terrible toll that this disease takes on a person and the legal rights that your loved one has to compensation.
Medical expenses, lost wages due to an inability to work and the pain and suffering that a person experiences as a result of diagnosis are all factors that can influence a person’s right to compensation, and by speaking with a mesothelioma lawyer, a person can learn more about his or her options.
3. Spend time with your loved one
Our emotional selves are connected as one in the pathway of love, and when that link is damaged or severed because of a condition as harmful as mesothelioma, it can leave even you, a caregiver, wondering: What is the meaning of all this? You may find yourself not just questioning your essence, but the very purpose of your time here in this life.
When a meaningful relationship is threatened or taken away by a fatal disease, it can jar you into a new kind of reality and make you understand clearly that life is more than just a series of events, or even a state of being. The bonds we develop with other people are what elevate our human experiences and help us become the individuals we were meant to become.
As your loved one struggles with the symptoms of mesothelioma, take what time you can to spend with him or her. Your presence can be a source of great comfort to someone during this difficult time, and it may be his or her only source of solace. In the physical act of being present, you can show this person what he or she means to you and how much you value the impact that he or she has made on your life.
4. Raise awareness about mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, and because asbestos isn’t yet banned in the U.S., this means people each day are in danger of new asbestos exposure that could in years to come cause this fatal disease. Many individuals don’t even know about the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma.
As a result, it’s important that people like you who have seen the impact that asbestos and mesothelioma can have, both on a person as well as on families and circles of friends, take a stand. By participating in activities that are focused on supporting mesothelioma research, banning future use and careless removal of existing asbestos containing materials and educating the public about asbestos, you can show support for a loved one and protect future generations as well.