Mesothelioma, the cancerous tumor that develops in the body's mesothelium protective membrane sac surrounding vital organs such as the lungs, abdomen and heart, can be one of the most degenerative cancers known to man. Moreover, due to its lengthy incubation period, of between 20 and 30 years on average, not only is this a degenerative cancer, but it is also highly likely to be lethal, once contracted. Consequently, it may be considered the easy option, having been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, to believe that giving up is the only option available to you. But, if you do that you may well miss out on one of the best times of your life. As with other forms of cancer, mesothelioma cancer patients can call on a wonderful selection of support groups who will be there for you for all you future needs.
What support should you expect?
Essentially, you and your loved ones are going to require two primary forms of support in the days ahead. On the one hand, you'll need constant ongoing medical support. On the other hand, you'll need good financial and legal support, to ensure that your affairs are in order and that you can afford to pay for the medical support you are going to require.
In addition to the two primary forms of support, you also need to consider two secondary forms of support, which will likely play just as important a part in your overall happiness and treatment as the primary supports you need will. These are a good network of family and friends and support from fellow suffers who have been through what you are now experiencing.
Where should you expect to find support groups?
Your medical support is likely to be the first you find, as, upon diagnosis, your physician will likely recommend a good doctor and group of nurses that you should consult with. Once you have taken care of your immediate medical needs, you can ask your doctor to recommend to you a support group of fellow patients. Unless you live in a remote location, it is highly likely that there will be a support group of fellow patients in your neighborhood. However, even if you did live in a remote area, you'll easily be able to find support from fellow patients of mesothelioma cancer online.
Having made sure you both receive medical treatment and discuss things with fellow patients, you should then turn your attention to your legal and financial needs. Here you need to keep in mind that (a) treating mesothelioma cancer can be extremely expensive; and (b) it is highly likely that you have contracted this dreadful disease through no fault of your own. Consequently, you need to consider seeking compensation for current suffering where possible. Before you do this, however, you should try and obtain some recommendations of which mesothelioma lawyers to discuss this with – as this is a very technical area of the law and not all lawyers will be best able to handle any claim you submit.
Finally, your family support will need to be a two-way street. On the one hand, you'll be looking to your family to support you. On the other hand, you'll likely be the elder member of your family and as such your family will likely be looking to you for support. Because of this, it is very important that you try and inform your family of what the illness exactly entails and try and make sure that, as with you, they are given the option to join family support groups to help them through these difficult times.