Coping With Mesothelioma

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When you hear that you have been diagnosed with cancer, 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.

The first step in making your life “normal” again is to realize that you will most likely cope with your mesothelioma in the same manner you have handled other aspects of your life. The person you have always been, whether laid back or in control, is the person you will continue to be. You will learn to substitute new roles for lost ones, and will continue to adapt to the changes life will bring your way.
In this section, three areas in which you will use your coping skills will be discussed. These include:

  • Emotional Coping

  • When you are facing a serious illness, your emotions can play an important role in how you feel about life, and these emotions can extend to your family and friends as well. You can minimize the impact by understanding that your feelings are normal, and then by moving ahead and becoming proactive in your treatment and care.

  • Physical Coping

  • Many people think of coping as only an emotional process, but dealing with treatment regimens and their potential side effects, as well as quality of life concerns must also be addressed. While you can’t control the fact that you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can learn to minimize its effects on your health and wellness.

  • Financial Coping

  • Serious illnesses like mesothelioma can deplete your life savings quickly. Most cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can be costly, and because of the rarity of mesothelioma, you may feel you want to travel to a specialist for a second opinion or for treatments not available in your local area. By being aware of the financial resources available, including compensation from the asbestos industry, you can help ease the stress on yourself and your family and, therefore, maintain control over your life.

Talking with your doctor about mesothelioma treatment.