Living with Mesothelioma

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A mesothelioma diagnosis is one of the most traumatic pieces of news you can ever receive. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium, the protective membrane around the internal organs and abdominal cavity. When you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, your mind might flood with hundreds of questions. You can easily feel a wide range of emotions, some confusing, some contradictory, but all of which are valid. When you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important to remember that you are now going to be living with mesothelioma. Be proactive and develop strategies for maintaining the highest quality of life possible with your doctor.

If your mesothelioma can be linked to exposure caused by another party’s negligence, such as lax safety regulations or exposure to the mineral (asbestos) in a workplace environment, you could be entitled to recover monetary compensation for the damages you experience related to the disease, through an asbestos exposure claim. To learn more about seeking compensation this way, speak with an experienced mesothelioma lawyer. My team and I are here to talk to you about your legal rights and your options as a mesothelioma patient.

The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle when Living with Mesothelioma

Maintaining your physical health is important when you are living with mesothelioma. So is maintaining your mental health.

A healthy diet and regular exercise are key parts of a physically healthy lifestyle. Even if exercise is the furthest thing from your mind, find a way to make yourself get regular exercise. It does not have to be stressful, strenuous exercise – activities like walking, swimming, and yoga can provide the physical activity you need without taking a great toll on your body. Maintaining a varied, healthy diet can also help you feel good each day by combating the side effects of the treatment you receive, such as nausea following radiation therapy.

It is normal to feel anxious, angry, and depressed when living with mesothelioma. Do not ignore your mental health needs. Talk to your doctor about seeking counseling for your emotional needs, particularly with a counselor who specializes in working with individuals living with cancer.

Finding a Support Group for Mesothelioma Patients

A support group can be a very healthy way to connect with other mesothelioma patients and share the challenges you are facing. Ask your doctor if he or she recommends a specific support group, which might cater to individuals facing the same type of mesothelioma you face or another specific characteristic you have in common, such as your age or your occupation. You might find a support group associated with your hospital or you might find that you prefer interacting with a group over the internet, rather than face-to-face. There are also support groups for individuals whose loved ones are suffering from mesothelioma. Do not underestimate the comfort, friendship, and support that can come from interacting with your peers through a support group.

Mesothelioma Affects a Patient’s Loved Ones

When an individual is diagnosed with mesothelioma, he or she is not the only one living with the condition. His or her loved ones, such as a spouse, children, and close friends, also have to live with watching a loved one suffer from mesothelioma. The stress of caring for a mesothelioma patient can put a lot of pressure on a caregiver’s mental health, physical health, and his or her relationship. If you are caring for a loved one with mesothelioma, remember to care for yourself as well by speaking with your doctor about the stress you face and seeking appropriate treatment.

Working with your Doctor and your Lawyer

If you have questions about what you should and should not do while living with mesothelioma, your doctor should be your main resource. Ask your doctor about what to expect with the progression of your illness and the treatment you receive. Direct specific questions, such as questions about certain activities, to your doctor. Talk to your doctor about different treatment plans as well and any concerns you have about specific drugs or procedures.

If you choose to pursue an asbestos exposure claim, your lawyer will be your main resource for all legal questions. Talk to your lawyer about uing evidence to support your claim, working with your former employer or another party involved in your case, and what to do if you are offered a settlement amount.

Working With a Sacramento Mesothelioma Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Mesothelioma Lawyer. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please call me today at 916.921.6400 for free, friendly advice. If you prefer, contact me using this online form.

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