When someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma they often feel helpless, sad, and perhaps even a bit desperate. That’s because they have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease that has no known cure.
The patient probably knows many people who have also worked with asbestos who have contracted this terrible disease. And many of them have probably perished from it. And if they know anyone who has mesothelioma they know that it can be very painful as well.
The patient is probably also familiar with the phenomenal cost of medication and hospitalization that they and their family will have to face in the future.
Although most of the attention will be focused on the patient at the time that mesothelioma is diagnosed they are not the only victims. Their families, friends, and loved ones also are faced with the inevitable chain of events that will follow the diagnosis.
They are experiencing anger at the company that has brought this on. They know that they will have to deal with watching someone close to them face a lot of pain and suffering. They are facing the fear of losing the patient to the disease. They are concerned with the upcoming medical costs. And if the patient is still working they know that it’s just a matter of time before the income from their work will have to stop.
For these reasons many healthcare professionals are now viewing the families of mesothelioma patients as secondary patients.
Mesothelioma’s Secondary Patients Have to Learn to Cope
If someone who is close to you has been diagnosed with mesothelioma then you must learn to cope with the disease and its repercussions. First of all, just by being there for the patient you are doing the best thing imaginable. Your support and compassion shows the patient how much you care and eases the burden they bear.
As a victim yourself you should realize that the emotions you are experiencing are completely normal. However you should not keep your feelings to yourself. Talk with other family members about it and find a support group that you and other members of your family can turn to.
So as not to feel helpless you should learn everything you can about the disease. Ask your doctor any questions you have.
And it is important that you exercise and eat properly. You should also do things that give you a psychological break from having to deal with the disease. Make sure to spend time enjoying recreational pursuits or hobbies.
And give serious consideration to seeking financial help. If you file a lawsuit you may be able to receive mesothelioma compensation that can be used to pay for medical care, debts, and funeral costs.
And a settlement can also ensure that your family will not be left destitute when your loved one passes away.