Mesothelioma is an extremely painful, fatal, incurable disease. It progresses quickly after symptoms appear and most patients are told that they have less than a year to live. The treatments themselves are harsh and painful. Effective pain management and the support of friends and family can significantly increase the effectiveness of treatment.
Facing a painful death in the near future, preceded by deteriorating health and the likelihood of spending several months physically incapacitated, is terrifying. Watching someone you love deteriorate and die from mesothelioma is devastating. Caring for someone with mesothelioma is emotionally and physically draining. On top of the fear, pain, and depression, many victims and their families are consumed with anger, knowing that this didn't have to happen. Mesothelioma patients and their loved ones owe it to themselves to seek the support and knowledge of others who have experience with the disease.
Why You Need a Support Group
Support groups can teach you coping skills to help you face the emotional pain. They can also teach you how to deal with the physical issues which will arise. Participating in support groups will keep you abreast of the latest research and treatments. Patients who participate in support groups have a better survival rate and enjoy a better quality of life.
Mesothelioma patients need the love and support of friends and family more than anything else. However, support groups made up of other patients can provide insights and understanding that only other patients can deliver. Mesothelioma robs you of your independence, and patients often feel like they are a burden on their loved ones, not wanting to ask for all of the support they really need.
Loved Ones Need Support, Too
Caring for or watching someone battle with cancer can be as difficult emotionally for loved ones as having the disease is for the patient. Loved ones and care givers often face the duel emotional struggle of watching a loved one suffer and disintegrate before their eyes, while trying to stay strong and put on a cheerful face for the dying person. Special support groups exist just for loved ones, care givers, and even children of mesothelioma patients.
Types of Support Groups
There are many types of support groups to choose from, giving you the opportunity to participate in the way that will benefit you the most. The traditional form involves in-person meetings, typically once a week or once a month. These provide the most support, but as your illness progresses may become difficult or impossible to attend. For those who live in rural areas and for those who are homebound, online and email groups make support available at your convenience, and can point you to a wealth of information.
Most support groups do not charge a fee to participate. Mesothelioma treatment centers, cancer treatment centers, local healthcare organizations, and even churches can help you find support groups in your area. Ask your doctor about support options in your area.
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