My Loved One Was Diagnosed with Mesothelioma – Now What?
While receiving news about a serious diagnosis is hard for the victim, it may also be extremely hard for their loved ones. Mesothelioma is a rare and life-threatening disease that no one can prepare for. Due to its rareness, individuals may not know how exactly to support their loved ones. However, there are ways to not only cope with the news, but to also show your support.
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- Let them tell you.
If you heard from other sources that your loved one was diagnosed, it is important to not make the first move to reach out. Everyone copes with their diagnosis differently, and while some may want immediate support, others may need more time to process the news. Though the intentions of talking to the victim may be positive, it may uncomfortable or even self-conscious about their illness. They are already dealing with immense stress regarding their illness, medical treatments, lifestyle changes, financial burdens, and more. Be patient; when the time comes, then you can show your support.
- Prepare yourself emotionally.
Once you learn about the news it is important to process your own feelings. The news may be difficult and catch you and other loved ones by surprise. It is important that you learn to accept their condition and begin to cope with your own emotions prior to seeing them. This will not only be considerate towards your loved one but be beneficial for your mental health as well.
- Educate yourself.
Not everyone wants to discuss the details of their illness. For this reason, it may be better to educate yourself on your loved one’s condition rather than asking them extensive questions out of the blue. There are many resources to learn about mesothelioma – whether it be online, through medical professionals, or with mesothelioma lawyers who may be assisting the victim throughout this difficult time.
- Be supportive – but keep it short and sweet.
When your loved one does share the news, you may feel like bombarding them with support and conversing about their illness. However, let them open the conversation. Then, you can ask if they need any specific help from you. Perhaps driving them to appointments, tending to their house, or helping them with everyday tasks – these are few of the many ways to help your loved ones. Even if they find it hard to ask, by offering assistance it shows your support. You may also ask what sort of support they from you need right now; whether it be a shoulder to cry on or someone to simply distract themselves from their illness. You can help your loved one immensely by being as supportive as possible.
- Treat them the same.
This may be a simple idea, however, many people with life-threatening illnesses are concerned that their loved ones may treat them differently after receiving a diagnosis. While their illness is devastating, that is likely not the only thing that they want to think about 24/7. By having normal conversations and, if possible, doing small things they enjoy, you can help to take their mind off their illness.
- Focus on the positive.
Unfortunately, while there are treatments and clinical trials that may help to prolong a life-expectancy, mesothelioma is an incurable illness. Additionally, not every moment is going to be upbeat and happy. For this reason, it is important to not be overly positive. However, that does not entail you cannot demonstrate any sparks of positivity. There are countless ways to exhibit positivity – such as showing support towards your loved one’s thoughts and decisions or sharing laughs. By focusing on the positives, you can alleviate some stress from your loved one.
By having a strong support system from their loved ones, someone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma may have an easier time coping with their illness. Our team at Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. are also here to help. No one should have to go through these tough times alone. Our firm has mesothelioma lawyers available 24/7 for free consultations.